Kenny Clarke

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by Kenny Clarke

Biography

Kenneth Spearman Clarke, 9 January 1914, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 26 January 1985, Paris, France. Clarke began playing drums as a child and while in his teens played in several bands in his home town. He later joined Roy Eldridge and also played in the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra and in those led by Edgar Hayes, Claude Hopkins and Teddy Hill. In Hill’s band at the time (1939) was Dizzy Gillespie, in whom Clarke found a kindred revolutionary spirit. Both in the band and at after-hours... Read more

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jazz
bebop
drums
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