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Stanley Clarke Invited into The Academy


We’re please to announce film composer Stanley Clarke’s invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. This year only 271 artists and executives were extended invitations to the elite 6,417 membership. All have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

“I am honored,” Clarke says. “Film has been a diverse experience for me musically, made me a more complete musician, and focused my skills completely.”

“The music in a film is essential and always has been. It is the glue that holds the film together,” Clarke adds. “It enhances the emotions of the characters, augments the action and helps lead the audience on their journey through the story. I feel a great responsibility to the craft of film scoring for these reasons, which makes the invitation so special.”

Clarke and other new members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

CLICK HERE to read the official announcement from the Academy.

Click this link (BMH Stanley Conducting) to watch Stanley conducting a scoring session for Best Man Holiday.




“Seven years ago, my partner/husband, Mark McClafferty and I were discussing the various writers, musicians, painters, sculptors who had influenced our lives and I told him about the Vigeland Park story.  He insisted I dust it off.  With his urging, I wrote the musical Artland. With my first draft in hand, Mark then took me to see his friend, Stanley Clarke, the one musician he had worked with who he thought would be ideal to compose the music. As I finished reading Artland to Stanley he had a tear in his eye and said “I want to be a part of this.”  He explained that  “traveling to so many countries in the world with all the different musical languages has really inspired me and helps me to lay down an extreme appreciation of diversity.” We went on to discuss how art is the common bond that ultimately can bring unity to diversity and people together.” – Pamela McClafferty

The play will be premiering June 13th-15th at LACSHA in LA. Tickets are available HERE! The music for this play was written by Stanley Clarke.


Webcast Hangout

webcast hangout

Ever wanted to talk face to face with your favorite bass player? Now is your chance. On Monday May 19th at one o’ clock we will post a link to a live Ustream where you can chat with Stanley about whatever comes to mind. Stay tuned and join our conversation!


Our Ears Are Open


Stanley loves each and every one of his fans because you have all influenced him greatly. He wants to connect with you and for you to feel connected to his journey as he continues to grow and expand musically. Our job here on the Stanley Clarke Web Team is to use this forum in a way to accomplish those goals. As we move forward, we are looking into rebuilding our site into something more modern, interactive, with further in depth content. So since it’s you who we are aiming to accommodate, we would love to hear your thoughts. Stanley and the team here have some great ideas and additions we would like to make but most importantly we want to know what would you like to see! What is it that you want to know about Stanley or see on this site? More videos? Articles? Pictures? You let us know! Please send over your thoughts and valued opinion to or tweet Stanley @mrstanleyclarke because your input is greatly valued.

Win A Chance to See Stanley Clarke and Friends at the Blue Note

Stanley Clarke and Friends @ Blue Note NYCWant to see Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Ruslan Sirota play the iconic Blue Note New York venue for free next week? We have a once in a lifetime offer happening right now! Wednesday night (April 16th) we are choosing three winners to receive a free pair of tickets for this show. To enter this raffle, go on our Facebook Page, share our raffle post photo, then send your email address and phone number to this address, . Good luck!

Lenny White and Stanley Clarke


Since the beginning of time, drummers and bassists have had a special bond. You can see this affinity in the way that Stanley Clarke and Lenny White play together creating a power house rhythm section no matter who they’re playing with whether it be Joe Henderson, Return to Forever, or in their own duo. Even in the video up above you can see Stanley and Lenny maintaining eye contact and strong communication throughout the whole performance as Joe Henderson and Chick Corea decorate their rhythms. Not only do the two virtuosos have chemistry as musicians, they have also known each other for quite some time developing a lifelong friendship. “I met Lenny when I was playing with Horace Silver. I was about seventeen or eighteen when Lenny came up to me and introduced himself in some seedy jazz club (Which Lenny informed me was actually the landmark East Village club called Slugs). Lenny was kind of looking out for me I think making sure I didn’t go down the wrong path. Lenny was that dude.” Said Stanley. Since this day the two have worked on several projects and toured many times together. When I asked Stanley what their most memorable times were together he said “Playing with Joe Henderson because that’s where we cemented our relationship and Return to Forever reaped the benefits of Lenny and I having spent a couple years playing together. When Lenny came in the band it was like the band exploded because we had something that was pretty tight. I didn’t have to learn to play with Lenny.” For one week in April, Stanley and Lenny will be reuniting once again at The Blue Note in New York with Ruslan Sirota and a few other special guests throughout the week (April 22-27, 2014). I am personally looking forward to this show very much and if you’re going to be in town I highly recommend that you check it out! See our TOURS page for further info on tickets and dates.