Colleen Clark

Colleen Clark


Drummer, composer, educator and bandleader, Dr. Colleen Clark is the only drummer and woman to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Performance at the world-renowned University of North Texas, the oldest jazz institution in America.

As a player, Clark has been described as "someone to watch" and "someone who will be turning heads in jazz for years to come." Clark was invited by the ASCAP Foundation to lead her band, the Colleen Clark Collective, at the Kennedy Center. Dr. Clark has performed in prominent NYC venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and the 55 Bar. Her debut album, consisting entirely of her original music, Introducing Colleen Clark, was produced by Gordon Stout and engineered by ten-time Grammy Award nominee/winner, Brian Dozoretz. Clark proudly joined the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo on their premiere performance at the Jazz Education Network Conference in 2019.

Clark can most recently be heard playing on SteepleChase record #900, Allegra Levy's Lose My Number: Allegra Levy Sings John McNeil.

Dr. Clark is extremely excited to be joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina in August 2021. As Assistant Professor of Jazz, Clark will teach a full drumset studio, jazz history and conduct/coordinate the big bands and small ensembles.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Playing with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks was particularly special and swinging as was playing behind Catherine Russell. If you can make the dancers happy, you're really swinging!
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    Listening to loads of music from Louis Armstrong to Tank and the Bangas. If it has a groove, I'm inspired. I also love checking out drummer-lead bands, especially the drummers that compose!
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    I've been playing Vic Firth for most of my playing career and I've enjoyed the reliability of the gear and it's placement in just about every store in the world!