Clark Tracey Masterclass

Clark Tracey Masterclass


Clark Tracey BEM is one of THE names in British jazz. The son of legendary jazz pianist Stan Tracey OBE CBE, Clark started playing drums at 13 and turned professional 4 years later joining his fathers ensembles for the next 35 years until Stan’s death in 2013. His own ensembles have included UK jazz luminaries such as Django Bates and lain Bellamy (with whom he formed his first group) and since then his bands have featured Julian Arguelles, Guy Barker, Dave O’Higgins, Zoe Rahman, and Kit Downes, to name just a few. His latest quintet features Alex Clarke, Emily Masser, Graham Harvey and James Owston and will be performing at Scarborough Jazz in the evening of 1st May. As a freelance drummer Clark has had 40 years’ experience playing alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad. Some of the most significant unions with American artists have been with Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, John Hicks, George Cables, Bud Shank, Red Rodney, and Scott Hamilton. British artists include names such as Ronnie Scott, John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Barnes and Tommy Smith. And if you think you recognise that face… yes it’s Clark playing drums in the 1999 movie ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. He has recorded over 100 albums (15 as a leader) and performed in over 50 countries. He has been awarded ‘Best Drums’ title six times in the British Jazz Awards (most recently in 2018) and Ronnie Scott’s Award for ‘Best Drums’ in 2007. He has endorsements with Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drumheads and Cambridge Drums. In this masterclass Clark will be sharing stories from his career as a drummer and composer, talking about the jazz legends that have influenced him, and giving practical insights into drumming techniques. There’ll be lots of opportunity to ask questions and fellow drummers of all abilities are encouraged to bring their sticks and receive some 1-2-1 advice, tips and tricks from a genuine drum hero. Whether you’re a drummer yourself, a fellow musician, a fan of jazz music, or just enjoy hearing a musician at the top of their game talk about a life in music, this will be a treat. Admission is free although donations are strongly encouraged (pay what you can afford) – these will pay for Clark’s time. If you’re thinking of travelling and staying for the evening’s performance… The Cask Inn serves a wide range of food (and good beer!) upstairs and there’s plenty of on street parking. It’s also just 5 minutes walk from the Esplanade so you can also have a wander and take in some sea air before the gig – doors at 7:45pm. Advance tickets for the quintet evening performance are recommended and available via email or text/phone: / 07703 434796.

When & Where

May 1, 2024 (4:00 pm) – May 1, 2024 (5:30 pm)

Cask Inn, Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, YO11 2LQ