“Make Love Not War” Love Songs of the 1960s – Friday Feb. 7, 7:00 pm @ Norwalk Public Library

The Sixties. Students today think the decade was all about protest movements, Vietnam, and the rock music that reflected an era of angst and anxiety. Of course, they are not entirely wrong about that. The decade began with the hopeful election of JFK and ended with the March on Washington. In between, the country endured many painful moments. And yet, there was a sweetness in this era which is too easily forgotten.

Following the phrase, “Make Love Not War,” we present love songs of the sixties—some presented in a straightforward manner, but others slightly altered and wrapped in new jazz-inflected arrangements. The songs include “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” Scarborough Fair,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and a song that exemplifies the title of our presentation: “What the World Needs Now,” a hopeful message that suggests that love can solve the problems of the world. Please join Ginny Bales, vocals; Jay Gitlin, piano; and Jim Clark, saxophone, as we remember these beautiful songs from the sixties.

Friday, February 7, 7:00 pm
Norwalk Public Library
1 Belden Avenue
Norwalk, CT

FREE ADMISSION

Chris Coogan and Jim Clark @ Villa Italia Thurs. Jan. 23, 7-10pm

Chris and I have been working together for over two decades! We are really tight as players and as friends. Come out to Villa Italia and treat yourself to a great Italian meal and the wonderful sound of Jim Clark on sax and Chris Coogan on piano/vocals.

Villa Italia
Thursday Jan. 23, 7-10pm
26 Mill River Street , Stamford, CT 06902
Phone: (203) 348-7000

Jim Clark in “The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists You Never Heard Of” – Friday August 9, 6:00pm @ Fairfield Museum

Come on out for the premier of my new show “The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists You Never Heard Of” which shines the spotlight on lesser-known masters of the jazz saxophone, whose brilliant performances may have been overlooked due to the public’s focus on their megastar contemporaries.

With me on stage will be: Will Comer – piano, John Mobilio – bass, Jim Royle – drums

Friday August 9, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 259-1598

FREE ADMISSION

The event is on the green behind the museum, but in case of inclement weather, we will perform inside the museum.

Hope to see you there!

Jim Clark Quartet featuring Tracey Marble Sat. July 20, 7 pm

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Jim Clark Quartet featuring Tracey Marble

Saturday July 20, 7pm

Norwalk Green Gazebo
GPS Address: 74 East Ave. Norwalk CT
Norwalk CT 06851

This free concert is part of the First Taxing District “Concerts on the Green 2019” Series. Our concert is dedicated to the memory of former Mayor Frank Zullo, who was a fan and a dear friend.

Personnel: Jim Clark – saxophones, Tracey Marble– vocals, Rex Denton – trumpet, Chris Coogan – piano, John Mobilio – bass, Jim Royle – drums

“That Yin Yang Thang” feat. Jim Clark and the Mad Lab Friday, June 28, 6:30 pm

The visual artists at Mad Lab and I have created an event we’re calling “That Yin Yang Thang”.

This is an artistic performance that blends live painting and live music. Each artist will express, on canvas, their personal concepts of Yin and Yang as I respond musically in real-time.
I asked each artist to choose musical “inspiration pieces” that reflect their personal view of Yin and Yang. Then I created music beds in my studio to improvise over, based on their selects. As they paint, you will hear me improvise over original tracks inspired by Metallica, 90s Underground Hip Hop, Death Cab for Cutie, Fkj & Masego, Lartiste, Evanescence and more…

Mad Lab
22 Leonard Street
Norwalk,CT 06851

Tickets are $10 and available here: That Yin Yang Thang – tickets  There is only room for 100 attendees so get your tickets now.

See you there!

Thank you to the Norwalk Arts Commission for their support! 

“What is Jazz?” Saturday April 27, 1:00 pm SoNo Branch Library

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Jim Clark’s one-man show “What is Jazz?” explores and answers the question from a musician’s perspective. Expect an engaging hour of presentation, performance, musical examples and audience participation.

SoNo Branch Library
10 Washington Street
Norwalk,CT06854

FREE ADMISSION

Additional Parking available in the Webster Lot. The driveway to the lot is across the street from the library.

Jim Clark Quartet at the Poli Club – Friday March 15, 2019

New England Arts & Entertainment presents Winter Jazz Series: Jim Clark Quartet

Friday, March 15
Palace Theater Poli Club
100 E. Main St. Waterbury, CT

Two Shows 7pm and 9pm.

Ticket are $30 –to purchase, call box office 203.346.2000 or online www.palacetheaterct.org/shows/jazz/

Jim & his quartet are closing the five-part Winter Jazz Series at the Poli Club in Waterbury, CT on Friday March 15, 2019. There will be two shows, at 7pm and 9pm.  In addition to Jim on saxophones, this powerhouse quartet features Chris Coogan on keys, John Mobilio on bass and Jim Royle on drums. The quartet will perform songs from Jim’s album “Old as New – Songs from the Imaginary Great American Songbook” as well as other fan-favorites.


Jim Clark & Friends Concert Series 2019

Saxophonist Jim Clark performs with his very accomplished musical friends, covering a wide range of styles in this series of Sunday afternoon concerts.

Feb. 24 – Arthur Lipner & Brasilian Vibes
Arthur Lipner is internationally acclaimed for his marimba and vibraphone playing. He has performed in Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong  Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Caribbean, and the US and Canada. “Lipner belongs to that rare category of master player that includes Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum…”  Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia) 

March 3 – Chris Coogan – Mardi Gras Party!
Pianist/singer Chris Coogan is well-known for his inventive jazz and gospel compositions and performances. Chris’ deep dives into the music of New Orleans fuel this concert – expect a few surprises from this local powerhouse performer. 

March 10 – Dennis Collins – Smooth Soul
Dennis Collins’ smooth, soulful voicegoes straight to the heart of all who hear him.” Maybe that’s why some of the most influential artists of our time – James Brown, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Sting, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Roberta Flack, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel – and many more, have asked him to perform and record with them.

Norwalk Public Library
One Belden Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06850

All Sunday Concerts 3 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Free Admission


Jim Clark’s Top Ten African American Saxophonists Sat. Feb. 2, 3:00 PM SoNo Branch Library

Jim Clark presents his personal “top ten” list of most influential African American jazz saxophonists. He’ll speak about their background, defining elements of their style, and perform songs associated with each artist, incorporating some of their stylistic elements in his playing. Artists on his list include Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins and Grover Washington, Jr.

SoNo Branch Library
10 Washington St.
South Norwalk, CT 06854

Saturday, February 2, 3:00 P.M.
3:00 P.M.

FREE ADMISSION