Bass Legend Stanley Clarke Gives Free Bass Workshop Opening Day
“I’m incredibly honored to be a part of the new NMAAHC and included in their historical view of African American music,” remarks Clarke. “Beyond that, I’m extremely humbled to be among all of the other African Americans represented, who embody our history, struggles and achievements. I’m thrilled the museum is opening. It’s long overdue. And, the Smithsonian certainly knows how to do it best. I can’t wait to visit the museum myself this weekend.”
Along with other dignitaries, Clarke will attend the dedication ceremony where President Obama will cut the ribbon officially opening the museum. He will then conduct a 45-minute bass workshop. Clarke does bass clinics and workshops at universities and other institutions yearly and enjoys passing along his knowledge of the instrument. This one will be unique in that it’s open to the general public.
Clarke’s credentials have certainly deemed him worthy of a place in the spectacular new museum. A four-time Grammy Award winner, nominated 13 times, he is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated acoustic and electric bass players in the world with a career spanning over 45 years. What’s more, Clarke is equally gifted as a recording artist, performer, composer, conductor, arranger, producer and film score composer. He is a true pioneer in jazz and jazz-fusion movement.