The Bebop representative
Kenneth Spearman Clarke, known as Kenny Clarke (born in Pittsburgh on January 9, 1914, died in Montreuil-sous-Bois on January 26, 1985), nicknamed "Klook" (in reference to an onomatopoeia invented by him: "the klook-a-mop"), is an American jazz drummer, a major figure of the Bebop style, with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, then of the Cool style with Miles Davis and John Lewis, creator with Dante Agostini of a drum school and co-founder with Francy Boland of the Clarke-Boland Big Band.
With Jo Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich, Connie Kay he gave the letters of nobility to the drums.
Notorious music group / collaborations of Kenny Clarke:
Minton's Playhouse; Cousin Joe; Savoy; The Three Bosses; Bud Powell; Pierre Michelot; Dexter Gordon; Francy Boland; Clarke-Boland Big Band; Gigi Campi; Jean-Christian Michel; Claude Nougaro; Eddy Louiss; Jimmy Gourley; René Thomas; Dante Agostini...
Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jazz Masters category (1983).
Induction ceremony at the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame (1988).