Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock's band in the early 1970s. He became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock's Thrust, which garnered him an international cult following, and has performed with jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, and Bobby McFerrin, among many more. He has toured and performed all over the world at many notable jazz venues and festivals.
He has been featured in DownBeat, Musician, International Musician and Recording World, Modern Drummer, and Jazz Times, among other notable publications, as well as in jazz history and method books. A former faculty member of Drummers Collective, Clark is a popular and busy clinician around the country. His book, Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts, was published last year by Hal Leonard and is a best seller.
Called "the most sampled drummer in hip-hop," Clark's beats have been used on the tracks of many musicians, including NWA, Grandmaster Flash, and Prince. His numerous recording credits include albums with Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Brand X, and Eddie Henderson. As a bandleader, his release Give The Drummer Some was enthusiastically received, earning a rare four-and-a-half stars in DownBeat. His solo CD Actual Proof (2001) was met with critical acclaim, as was the 2003 acoustic jazz release Summertime, which featured Chris Potter and Billy Childs and spent many weeks on the top ten charts.