Ahoy People!
Today we’ve got pure music skill, we’ve got the first bassist in history to headline tours worldwide. Get ready to get speechless.
Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated bass players in the world with 36 years career as a bass virtuoso, and he was the first bassist in history to double on acoustic and electric bass with equal virtuosity, and you can clearly see that Stanley also possesses a unique sense of lyricism and melody.

He was born in Philadelphia, and studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. By the time he got out of the academy, musicians recognized immediately the complete musicality the young Clarke possessed on the acoustic bass.

I had the opportunity to watch him play at the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival last 25th of November at Playa Del Carmen, MĂ©xico.
Some other great musicians that played there were Richard Bona, Jon Anderson, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker, Yellowjackets, between others that I’ll talk about later 🙂

In my experience, that was one of the best performances I’ve ever heard, Stanley just got out there and blew my mind, gave me another reason to believe that being a musician can be so enjoyable, and lovely.

His band members are really great musicians such as:
– Ronald Bruner Jr. (Drums)
– Ruslan Sirota (Keyboard)
– Zach Brock (Violin)

Each one of his band members gave an incredible show, they really enjoyed playing with each other that night.
I’m kind of sad that Hiromi Uehara could not come to this festival. She literally makes me cry of joy when I hear her solos.

Here is a video of one of my favorite songs called “Soldier” from the album “Stanley Clarke Band

Unofortunately because of copyright I can’t get videos of Stanley’s performance on the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, but
this other video will do it, maybe it isn’t the best audio quality, but gives you an introduction to his art work. I really like the idea of having a violinist in the band, brings “color” to the tunes, makes them sound really special.

I’ve researched Stanley’s Art work, and I’ve found out that he has got more than 20 albums as a soloist, another 20 as a Co-leader, 13 albums as a Producer, and many as a Guest Artist.

All these albums and art work content can be shown in the official web page of Stanley Clarke, I’ll leave the link here for anyone of you who wants to know a little bit more of Stanley.

Take a look at The official Website of Stanley Clarke

Special Thanks to the photographer Roberto Fernandez Ramayo for sharing these pictures taken at the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival with us.

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”