Terry Clarke is a member of the prestigious Order of Canada, Terry is a familiar face at jazz festivals in Europe, Canada, Japan and the U.S. He has played with Boss Brass(founding member), Jim Hall, and many more
Terry Clarke was part of The Jim Hall JAZZPAR 98 Quartet + 4: Chris Potter (s), Jim Hall (g), Thomas Ovesen (b), and Terry Clarke (d) + The chamber string ensemble Zapolski Quartet.
Terry Clarke got his first drum set on his 12th birthday and studied for five years with Jim Blackley. In 1965, Clarke moved to San Francisco and worked with John Handy III for the next two and a half years, during which time the award-winning recording, "Live at Monterey Jazz Festival" was made. Terry Clarke then joined the pop vocal group, The Fifth Dimension, until 1970 when he re-located to Toronto.
For the next 15 years he played an abundance of jazz in all styles in Toronto-studio scenes, television shows, jingles - and he toured Japan and Europe either with Jim Hall or Oscar Peterson. For 25 years Terry Clarke has recorded and toured with the Rob McConnell's Boss Brass big band.
From 1985 Terry Clarke has pursued an exclusively jazz career in New York working and recording with Ed Bickert, Doc Cheatham, Gene Dinovi, Buddy Tate, The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Bob Mintzer, Mark Murphy and Jim Hall among many others.
Terry Clarke can do peppy, accurate and relaxed hard-swinging drumming and he can make useful sensitive and supportive foils that provide the right sort of intimacy and cushioning detail to let the soloist relax.