Neil Clarke has been a student of percussion for more than forty
It is an ongoing pursuit and in that time Neil Clarke has had many
great opportunities to study, perform and collaborate with
percussion masters worldwide.
Neil Clarke's skill and artistry has taken him on numerous occasions
to North, West and South Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean,
Europe, Asia, the South Pacific and a majority of the United States.
Neil Clarke has had performing, touring and recording relationships
with many notable artists over the years. In addition to his ongoing
collaborations with Randy Weston and fellow African Rhythms sidemen
Alex Blake, Benny Powell and Talib Kibwe.
Neil Clarke has enjoyed
long- standing relationships with such notable artists as Harry
Belafonte, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Miriam
Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Carlos Garnet, Paul Winter, the Spirit
Ensemble, Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch, the late Noel Pointer, the late
Arthur Prysock, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the
International African American Ballet, and many others.
Regardless of where or what the musical genre:
folkloric, jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, gospel or classical
Neil Clarke is equally at home.
Neil Clarke also had the opportunity to perform in the Broadway
production of Timbuktu and in the feature film Beat Street,
over the span of his career,
Neil Clarke has made numerous television appearances on both network
and cable presentations as well as being featured on recordings with
many of the artists mentioned earlier.