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1977 Montreux Jazz Festival


Stanley Clarke performs a bass solo with piano accompaniment at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Philadelphia born bass innovator, Stanley Clarke moved to New York in 1971 after his graduation from the Philadelphia Musical Academy.

Once in the city he would find employment with the bands of including those of Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Gato Barbieri, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Gil Evans and Stan Getz.

He joined pianist Chick Corea's band "Return to Forever" which grew to become accepted as one of the most important and influential jazz fusion groups.

In the 1980s Clarke began to focus much of his time on composing scores for television and film and currently continues to tour and perform.

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