Iconic US bassist Stanley Clarke hits the road for a series of UK dates as part of his European tour, appearing tonight at 229 Venue, London. Clarke’s illustrious history as one of the key innovators of the bass guitar saw him create an incendiary blend of powerful slap and flamenco style strumming techniques, as well as fluid, horn-like solos on both electric and acoustic bass. An original member of jazz-rock super-group Return To Forever, Clarke’s hugely successful solo career of course includes his bass anthem, ‘School Days’, an extensive partnership with late, great keyboardist George Duke as well as writing scores for many Hollywood movies.

Clarke’s touring band has consistently featured emerging young jazz stars and currently includes the ferociously talented drummer Mike Mitchell, Kamasi Washington-affiliated keyboardist Cameron Graves and phenomenal 20-year-old Tbilisi, Georgia-born pianist Beka Gochiashvili. The band are due to release a new album this autumn and will no doubt be previewing material on the following dates: 229 Venue, London (17 July); Gorilla, Manchester (18 July); The Fleece, Bristol (19 July); St. Lukes, Glasgow (24 July) and Brudenell, Leeds (25 July).

– Mike Flynn

– Photo by Tim Dickeson

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