Mike Clark (born October 3, 1946) is an American drummer. He gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers
while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early 70's. His incisive playing on Hancock's "Actual Proof" garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations
of drummers throughout the world.
Michael Jeffrey Clark was born in Sacramento,
California, on October 3, 1946 Mike traveled around the country with his father, a drummer himself and a union man for the railroad. His
dad had a great appreciation for jazz and blues music, and Mike absorbed the music of America while riding the rails. He credits this exposure as forming the foundation for his ability to synthesize many different regional styles. From age 4, he was a prodigy,
sitting in - and getting "house"- with bands in Texas and New Orleans. By the time he reached his early twenties he was known as one of the founders of the distinctive East Bay Sound coming out of Oakland, California.
Mike has performed with such well-known jazz greats as Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Chet Baker, John
Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Tony Bennett, Wayne
Shorter, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Vince Guaraldi, Woody
Shaw, Donald Harrison, Albert King, Larry
Coryell, Michael Wolff, Wallace Roney, Billy Childs, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris
Potter, Bobby McFerrin, Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown Jr., and Gil Evans and his orchestra.
His latest recordings include "Retro
Report" with Delbert Bump on Rope-a-Dope label, "Life Cycle" with Mark
Sherman, Chase Baird, and Felix Pastorius, also on Rope-a-Dope; Eddie
Henderson's "Be Cool" on the Smoke label; Charnett Moffett's "Music from Our Soul" on Motima; and "Indigo Blue: Live at the Iridium" with Christian McBride, Donald Harrison, Rob Dixon, Randy
Brecker, and Antonio Farao on Highnote.
Clark endorses DW drums, Istanbul Agop cymbals, Evans drumheads, and Innovative Percussion drumsticks. He has played Remodrumheads, Vic Firth drumsticks, Zildjian cymbals, and Paiste cymbals
in the past.