My apologies to Roxborough-raised jazz bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke for missing that he won a best contemporary jazz album Grammy on Sunday for his The Stanley Clarke Band. He was also up for best instrumental pop performance for "No Mystery," but lost to Jeff Beck. It's in this story now.
Clarke wasn't in L.A. to collect his award because he had the good sense to be on a summer time tour of Australia with Return To Forever at the time. But he told AllAboutJazz this: “I'm grateful on behalf of the whole band for this honor. It's humbling to be in such strong company. It's so gratifying to see that jazz and instrumental music remain such vibrant and exciting musical forms, and that we could contribute to their vitality." In 1971, Clarke graduated from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, which later became part of the University of the Arts. Below, Clarke sits down and struts his stuff.
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