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Stanley Clarke
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    (June 30, 1951- )
    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Jazz bassist
    Founding member of Return to Forever with Chick Corea (1973)
    Recorded the solo albums ‘Children of Forever’ (1973), ‘Stanley Clarke’ (1974), ‘Journey to Love’ (1975), ‘Modern Man’ (1978), ‘Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand’ (1980), ‘If This Bass Could Only Talk’ (1988), ‘East River Drive’ (1993), ‘1,2, to the Bass’ (2003), ‘The Stanley Clarke Band’ (2010), and ‘The Message’ (2017)
    With George Duke, recorded three albums and the Top 40 single ‘Sweet Baby’ (1981)
    Composed scores for the films ‘Boyz N the Hood’ (1991), ‘Passenger 57’ (1992), ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ (1993), ‘Higher Learning’ (1995), ‘Panther’ (1995), ‘Dangerous Ground’ (1997), ‘The Best Man’ (1999), ‘Romeo Must Die’ (2000), ‘The Transporter’ (2002), and ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ (2016)
    Won five Grammys, one with Return to Forever, four as a solo artist
    He started learning bass when he joined the school band and found that other students had already grabbed the ‘good instruments,’ leaving him a choice between a stand-up bass and a sousaphone.
    He originally planned to become the first black musician in the Philadelphia Orchestra before meeting Chick Corea.
    He scored the flop Vanilla Ice vehicle ‘Cool As Ice.’ (1991)
    During an NPR interview in Philadelphia, his original music teacher called the station and scolded him, ‘Don’t get too big for your britches!’
    He is known for his fluid style of playing.
    He collaborated with Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, and Stewart Copeland.
    He was nominated for an Emmy for scoring ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.’
    He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ‘Bass Player’ magazine (2006).
    One of his electric basses is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

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