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Clark, John (Trevor)

Clark, John (Trevor), French horn, composer; b. Brooklyn, NY, 21 September 1944. He grew up mainly in Rochester, NY. His parents are William Clark 1917 - 1996 and Margaret Clark 1917. He has four brothers, William, Jr., Stephen, Peter, and G. Christopher.

He studied at the University of Rochester in 1966, going for his B.A. He studied theory, arranging, piano, and horn with Verne Reynolds. He was at Connecticut College from 1967-68, doing graduate work in Music History. From 1970-73, he was at the New England Conservatory of Music, getting a Master of Music degree (with honors). He studied composition and improvisation with Jaki Byard, Ran Blake, and George Russell and French horn with James Stagliano, Thomas Newell, and Paul Ingraham. 

He has performed and/or recorded with McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Jazz Composers' Orchestra, Gil Evans Orchestra, Julius Hemphill, Isaac Hayes, J. J. Johnson, George Russell, The Fugees, Robin Eubanks, John Scofield, Thelonius Monk Jr., Pat Metheny, Leroy Jenkins, Sting, Anthony Davis, Carla Bley, Billy Joel, Johnny Griffin, Paul Winter,
Consort, Aspen Wind Quintet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Sinatra, LL Kool J, Toots Thielemans, Oliver Lake, Speculum Musicae, Linda Ronstadt And Aaron Neville, Bob Stewart, Rachel Z, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Paquito D'Rivera, Carly Simon, Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, Filharmonia Virtuosi Of N.Y. Absolute Ensemble, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, The Mingus Orchestra, Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Ornette Coleman, Ashford & Simpson, Roland Hanna, Natalie Cole and otherts.

John Clark was a featured guest artist at the 29th Annual International Horn Workshop, Rochester, NY in 1997, and again at the 33rd workshop in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2001. 

Recent Clinic/Workshop appearances include:
Rayburn Music, Boston, October 2001 and Northeast Regional Int'l Horn Society Workshop, Hartt College, March 2001.

His compositions have been performed by the Gil Evans Orchestra, Paul Winter, Consort, Pugh - Taylor Project, McCoy Tyner Big Band, Aspen Wind Quintet, Plymouth (MA) Philharmonic, Bob Stewart's First Line Band, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Mohawk Trail Concerts, Turtle Island String Quartet, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, and Paul Jeffrey Octet. He's had compositions recorded by the Pugh - Taylor Project, ("747"), the Gil Evans Orchestra, ("Groove from the Louvre," "Your Number," winner of 1989 Grammy), Paul Winter Consort, ("Bedrock Cathedral") and Imani Winds ("I Will").

John Clark ensembles have performed at: Sweet Basil, The Knitting Factory, 7th Avenue South, Public Theater (NPR Broadcast) Jazz Gallery, Possible 20, Visiones, NY Jazz Museum, Mikell's, and the Cesenatico Jazz Festival (Italy).
His orchestra experience includes playing with the New York City Ballet Orchestra (1985 - present), the Springfield Symphony (1989 - present), the Brooklyn Philharmonic (1992 - present), and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra (1993 - present).

His teaching experience includes teaching at the New England Conservatory Community Services, Theory and Ensembles, 1970 - 72; New England Conservatory of Music, Substitute for George Russell's Jazz Composition classes, teaching the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization 1973; Brown University, Instructor of Horn 1972 - 74; for young audiences, he was leader of Jazz Ensemble that played at various schools in Boston, MA area 1972 - 74; Walpole, Norfolk, and Billerica Prisons (Massachusetts), Coordinator of In-House Music Program 1972 - 74; SUNY at Stonybrook, Horn Workshop, 1984; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Improvisation Workshops with Paul Winter Consort, 1985; University of Wisconsin, Horn/Improvisation Workshop 1987; Second Annual Scandinavian Brass Symposium, Finland. Jazz Horn lecture/demo/soloist, 1988; Queens College, Adjunct Faculty, French Horn, 1990; Hornfest (Western Regional Horn workshop). 1998 and 1999; and the Outreach Jazz Workshop (Austria), 1996 - present. He has knowledge of MIDI and notation software (Finale, Digital Performer). Clark plays the Conn 12D and 8D French Horns and is a U.M.I. artist. He uses the AMT microphone systems.

His wife is Nancy Clark and his children are J. Trevor, Jr. and Leigh Alexandra (Sandy).

Recordings (partial):
I Will; Il Suono; Faces; Song Of Light

As sideperson:  
Carla Bley: European Tour 1977, Musique Mechanique, Nite-Glo; Gil Evans: There Comes A Time, Priestess, Live At Sweet Basil, Bud & Bird (1989 Grammy), Farewell, At Royal Festival Hall; Akiko Yano: Welcome Back, Love Life; McCoy Tyner: Turning Point, Uptown/Downtown, Journey; Billy Joel: River Of Dreams; Spyro Gyra: Morning Dance; Jon Faddis: Hornucopia; Toots Thielemans: The Brazil Project; Diana Ross: Endless Love; Jaco Pastorius: Word Of Mouth; Frank Sinatra: L.A. Is My Lady; L.L. Kool J.: Crossroads; George Russell: N.Y. Big Band, Living Time; Chris Hunter: Scarborough Fair, I Want You; Jimmy Knepper: I Dream Too Much; Joni Mitchell:
Don Juan's Reckless Daughter; Johnny Griffin: Dance Of Passion; Jim Hall: Youkali; Gil Goldstein: City Of Dreams; Jimmy Heath: New Picture; Leroy Jenkins: Mixed Quintet; Franco Ambrosetti: Wings; Mike Gibbs Orchestra: Big Music; Gerry Mulligan: Rebirth Of The Cool; Paul Winter: Canyon, Concert For The Earth; Oscar Castro-Neves: Oscar!

Television broadcasts:
PBS Special:  "The Making of Billy Joel's 'River of Dreams' Album", 1993;
PBS Special: "Live at Montreux with Miles Davis & Quincy Jones", 1993;
NBC: "Saturday Night Live," December 1989 and May 1990;
HBO Special: with Carly Simon, 1990; and HBO:  "Jim Henson Special with the Gil Evans Orchestra," 1989;
"Late Night with David Letterman": 2001 with Darlene Love, 1997 with Carly Simon and 1996 with B.B. King/Tracy Chapman;
"1998 Grammy Awards;"
2001 Michael Jackson concert from Madison Square Garden;
"Today Show" November 1999 with Jewel; and "Today Show" April 2001 with Russel Watson.

Films:
"Mission to Mars", "Any Given Sunday", "Shaft", "Endurance", "What Planet Are You From?", "Bossa Nova", "Operation Condor", "The Spanish Prisoner", "Sphere", "Wide Awake", "Face Down", "Fargo", "A Time to Kill," "Mercury Rising", "Copland", "Gloria" and "Pocahontas."

Television commercials:
Lucent, AT&T, Capital One, Dunkin Donuts, Xerox, Wendy's, Mr. Reach, Enron, 7-up, Coopers-Lybrant, GTE, KFC, Visa, Deloitte & Touche, Dimetapp, Delta Airlines, Ford, General Motors, American Express, Kodak, Holiday Inn, Fox and Burger King.

Television themes:
ABC" 20/20", "The Today Show", PBS "Religion & Ethics", "Sesame Street", "Oprah Winfrey", "ABC News", "The Cosby Mysteries", "ABC Sports," "ABC World News Tonight," "CNN", "CBS News", "TNT Nagano Olympics" and "CNBC."

Awards:
International Horn Society.  Honorable Mention in Composition Contest.  "Six Moods" (For Six Horns).  1988.
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Award for Most Valuable Player in Recording Field, New York City.  1986.
Downbeat Critics' Poll.  1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982 (winner).
National Endowment for the Arts.  Grant for Jazz Composition.  1976.
Tanglewood Fellowship.  1970 and 1971.
Scholarship Brass Quintet.  New England Conservatory.  1971.

Bibliography:
Publications:
"Exercises for Jazz French Horn."  1993.
"Reading Key Jazz Rhythms" by Fred Lipsius.  Played French Horn for CD accompanying book, Advance Music.  1997.

Contact information:
john@hmmusic.com
www.hmmusic.com

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