Tenor saxophonist Lawrence Clark has entrenched himself WITHIN NEW YORK’S restive jazz scene FOR OVER TWO DECADES. Driven by STEADFAST persistence and passion, HE embarks on a journey into the spiritual realm of music. Inspired by the John Coltrane quartet, the Miles Davis quintet, and a 10-year apprenticeship in the Rashied Ali quintet, CLARK strives to reach new ARTISTIC horizons.
LAWRENCE CLARK grew up in Camden, NJ, a neighboring city to Philadelphia, PA - the city of brotherly love. Coming from a non-musical family, he took a liking to music at an early age and first began playing the alto and baritone saxophones. In middle school and high school, Clark worked his way into the concert band and jazz ensembles, and during his senior year in high school he won a scholarship for private lessons at the Settlement School of Music in Philadelphia.
Upon graduating from high school, Clark received a partial scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he changed his focus to tenor saxophone. While there, he studied with Fred Lipsius, Andy McGee, and Bill Pierce who pointed him in the right direction and gave him a solid jazz foundation. Located in the heart of Boston, there were many opportunities at Berklee for Clark and his fellow students to network and perform at local jazz clubs. After spending several years in the city, he decided to move to New York City to develop a higher level of musicianship.
Clark has played alongside many world-renowned musicians including Norman Simmons, Winard Harper, David Bryant, Jeremy Pelt, Orrin Evans, Azar Lawrence, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Mcpherson, David Weiss, Billy Hart, Anthony Wonsey, Gene Jackson, Reggie Workman, Babatunde Lea, Dwayne Burno, Billy Drummond, and Rashied Ali, to name a few. He has traveled throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Africa performing at myriad performance venues, clubs, and jazz festivals.
Currently living in New York, Clark leads his own quintet which consists of bass, drums, piano, trumpet, and saxophone. He continuously works on shaping the group’s sound and developing their harmonic and rhythmic concepts, and strives to be sincere and expressive through his music, employing creativity to its fullest and creating an emotional attachment. He strongly believes that this is necessary to effectively convey his music’s true purpose and intent.