Clarence Penn Quartet
Now is Clarence Penn's time. He is the drummer in New York and around the globe. Our audience first heard Clarence at the VJC with Dave Stryker , then with Gregoire Maret, then some of use were lucky enough to hear him in Northampton with Dave Douglas. We found his musicianship so compelling, and his groove so irresistible (especially with Stryker, ow!), that when he approached us with his own project, we were already hooked. Penn's achievements include tenures with Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Stanley Clarke, Steps Ahead, Makoto Ozone, Michael Brecker, Dave Douglas, Maria Schneider, Luciana Souza, Richard Galliano, and Fourplay. His discography includes several hundred studio albums (including the Grammy-winning recordings 34th and Lex by Randy Brecker and Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue by Maria Schneider). His quartet includes NYC heavy weights Chad Leftkowitz-Brown (saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano) and Yasushi Nakamura (bass)
Dave Douglas states:
Clarence...really cares that everyone on stage sounds as good as they can. That explains why the results are so great with the extraordinary musicians he brings into his projects. Fireworks!
Maria Schneider states:
Clarence is... an intricate and heady drummer who thinks compositionally, but uses his gut and instincts towards the end result of making something exciting, that feels alive, and is full of energy and passion.
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