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Stanley Clarke & Special Friends, Patrice Rushen & Lenny White

Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke has invited two very special friends, Patrice Rushen on piano and Lenny White on drums, to perform limited engagements at Washington DC’s Blues Alley Thursday Sunday, March 15 18 and Annapolis, MD’s, Rams Head Tavern Monday, March 19. In addition to the Blues Alley and Rams Head dates, the three groundbreaking musicians will perform together at only one other venue, The Blue Note in New York City March 20 25.

"I'm very happy to be touring again with my old band mate Lenny, and equally excited to play with Patrice, who is a unique force in music. I am looking forward to playing this music," said Clarke.

Excited about this collaboration on stage with Rushen and White, Clarke knows the combination of a trio of extraordinary musicians with comparable skill and achievement in the world of jazz is sure to be an exhilarating event for the audience.

Bassist, recording artist, composer, conductor, arranger and producer Stanley Clarke’s history with drummer Lenny White began with their membership in the pioneering jazz fusion group Return To Forever with Chick Corea and Al DiMeola in the early 1970s. It was with Return To Forever that Clarke gained true mainstream fame. Now considered one of the most influential bassist in history, Clarke went on to become the first bassist to headline major tours, selling out shows worldwide as a solo artist. His signature recording is what is now considered the must-know bass anthem, "School Days," and accomplished and aspiring bassists continue to imitate his percussive slap funk technique. In 2006 Clarke was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Bass Player Magazine. Among many other honors he was Rolling Stone’s first Jazzman of the Year, he won Playboy’s Music Award for Best Bassist 10 straight years.

Consummate drummer Lenny White has played with virtually everyone in the music business. He has co-created some of the most influential music in jazz over the past three decades. Alternating between drummer and producer, White is always on the cutting edge of the music scene. Like Clarke and Rushen, he continues to push the musical envelope.

Multi-Grammy-nominated pianist, Patrice Rushen, is one of the music industry's most versatile and sought after artists. She is considered one of the world's top jazz pianists, who in addition is a composer, a producer and an international recording artist. She is also one of the few female composers in the music industry to meet the challenges of successfully navigating through the musical crossovers from classical music to jazz to R&B to pop fusion, and now, to composing scores for an orchestra.

Like Clarke, Rushen is also known for her film and television composing. Clarke is one of Hollywood’s foremost film composers and has over 65 film and television credits. He has been nominated for three Emmys, and has won the BMI Film Music Award for his score of Boyz’n the Hood. Clarke currently is doing the score for ABC Family Network’s critically acclaimed drama series, "Lincoln Heights."

March is also the month for the release of Clarke’s new DVD, Night School: An Evening with Stanley Clarke and Friends (HUDV-7118), by Heads Up International through Clarke’s own Roxboro Entertainment Group. The star-studded 90-minute presentation chronicles the third annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Concert, recorded at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, in October 2002. With guest performances by Stevie Wonder, Wallace Roney, Bela Fleck, Sheila E., Stewart Copeland, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Wayman Tisdale, Marcus Miller and more, Night School captures performances that range from straight-ahead jazz to full-tilt rock fusion to twenty-two-piece string arrangements. The official release date for the DVD is March 27.

Clarke, Rushen and White will be performing two shows, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., daily at Blues Alley (http://www.bluesalley.com/) and the Rams Head Tavern 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (http://www.ramsheadtavern.com/annapolis/onstage.html).

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