Doug Clarke is an exciting and inventive guitarist. He studied for many years with the legendary guitarist Tal Farlow, from whom he gained keen insight into the melodic and harmonic complexities of bebop and traditional jazz. He attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship where he earned a BA in professional music. He has also earned a Masters of Music from Rutgers University in jazz performance. As a highly sought after sideman, Doug has developed into an exceptional and innovative modern guitarist and composer. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. He has performed with Joe Williams, Bruce Barth, Sam Newsome, and Mark Egan, as well as performing shows for Connie Stevens, Shirley Jones, Theresa Brewer, Joe Piscopo, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Jerry Lewis and many others. Recent performances include “Midsummer Nights Swing” at Lincoln Center with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, a memorial concert at Rutgers with special guests Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Terell Stafford, Sean Jones, Mulgrew Miller, Ralph Peterson, Frank Lacey, Ralph Bowen, and Conrad Herwig, and a concert in Capri, Italy with The Ron Odrich Quartet. Doug has recorded one cd as a leader, two as a co-leader, and twenty as a sideman, with arranging and composition credits on seven. He composed the theme music for the PBS cooking show “Healthy Heritage Kitchen”, and has appeared on several TV shows including Monmouth Battleground Arts on Cablevision, as well as shows on Brookdale TV, and E Style network. Doug maintains a busy schedule giving master classes, and adjudicating at the high school and college level. In 2009 Doug received a scholarship achievement award from the Monmouth Arts Council. He has created college curriculum for several guitar courses which use his book, “A Practical Approach to Guitar”. Doug has taught “A Survey of Jazz Styles” at Rutgers University and continues to teach varied music courses at Brookdale College, and Monmouth University. He maintains an active performance schedule throughout New York and New Jersey.
“Doug Clarke is a wonderful guitarist. He is a thoughtful and imaginative composer as well. Doug Clarke is my favorite of the young guitarists on the scene.”
— Bruce Barth, MaxJazz Recording Artist
“Doug Clarke’s CD and quartet are killers and need to be heard. Doug’s playing; sound and technique are grounded in the tradition of the great modern jazz guitarist. To this he now adds his own distinctive voice and invention.”
— Jack Six, Bassist for Dave Brubeck