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Mike Clark Announces Carnival of Soul

05/25/2010
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Mike Clark has set a June 10th release for his new album, 'Carnival of Soul' which is being described as a propulsive, joyful collection of jazz/funk tracks that pays homage to one of Clark's beloved genres, the B3 Organ Trio. He comments:

"In my early twenties I had my own organ trio gig in a jazz club for half a dozen years. I always loved playing the music because the B3 is such a strong instrument with a big sound--it frees the drums to just play all out. I also did a lot of organ gigs when I first came to New York in the 80s. It's not the setting where I've done most of my jazz playing but I wanted to record an homage to this unique genre that I love so much. I got together some truly fantastic musicians--most of us go way back--and we just had a whole lot of fun."

Clark signed to Al Hall's Owl Studios late last year, and 'Carnival of Soul' marks his debut release on the label. Hall noted: "Owl Studios is very pleased to add a drummer of such legendary status to our roster. Mike's career has been unbelievable and we look forward to watching that career continue with his new 2010 release." In addition to Clark on drums, the album features Jerry Z, Delbert Bump and Jeff Pittson on Organ, Steve Homan and Rez Abbasi on Guitar, Delbert McClinton on vocals, Tim Ouimette on Trumpet, Lenny White on Drums, Kevin McKendree on Piano, Owl Studios artist Rob Dixon on Tenor Sax and others.

Clark regularly tours the U.S., Europe and Asia, heading up his organ trio, and/or performing as a sideman. An initial round of U.S. dates in support of 'Carnival of Soul' have been confirmed for June. In addition to his straight-ahead performances, Clark is known for making regular appearances at band camps, colleges and drum shops as a clinician and jazz musician/expert.

Upcoming dates include:
June 16 Jazz at the Point Eagle Creek Park, Indiana
June 17 The Redmoor Cincinnati, OH
June 19 CHOPS Percussion- Clinic Indianapolis, Indiana
June 19 The Jazz Kitchen Indianapolis, Indiana
June 20 JB's Lounge Sacramento, CA


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