Stanley Clarke: Movies, Memories & Mentorship From The Motor City

As the Artist In Residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Stanley Clarke turns reflective for a career-spanning interview

Stanley Clarke: Movies, Memories & Mentorship From The Motor City

As the Artist In Residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Stanley Clarke turns reflective for a career-spanning interview

Deeply honored by being Artist in Residence at the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival, Stanley Clarke was in a reflective mood when he sat down to chat with us just after the event. We soon learned why, as he expounded upon the festival experience, his long and winding film-composing career, and his bandstand and tour-bus mentoring of young musicians. How would you describe your experience this year being the Artist in Residence? It was amazing. First of all, Detroit has had a big impact on me and every jazz musician because of the greats who hail from there — Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, James Jamerson, the Jones Brothers, Tommy Flanagan, Ralphe Armstrong, the list goes on and on. Second, Detroit is such a unique jazz city in that everyday, working people are very knowledgable about the music and the artists, and they come out in droves. Last, it’s a true international jazz festival, not one watered down with R&B acts and smooth jazz artists. I got the chance to see the fullness o
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Chris Jisi   By: Chris Jisi

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