“A good bassist determines the direction of any band ” …Ron Carter 


Darryl Clark developed his love of music as a youth in East Elmhurst (Queens), NY, where he was classically trained on guitar in elementary school. By high school, he discovered the fusion sounds of Stanley Clarke, falling in love with Stanley’s School Days album and was officially bitten by “the bass bug,” adopting a deep respect and affection for the styles of Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Jaco Pastorius, to name a few.

The ‘70’s were a time of neighborhood bands and East Elmhurst had quite of few of them including neighbor and professional bassist Kim Clarke.  Kim inspired Darryl to hone his chops by attending Jazzmobile in Harlem.  While at Jazzmobile, Darryl studied under the direction of legendary bassist, Earl May.

Darryl has spent a musical lifetime living,  learning and accomplished in the spectrum of styles; traditional jazz, fusion, funk, gospel, rock and alternative make up an inclusive repertoire playing with jazz artists including Nat Adderley Jr., Tina Fabrique, Peter Lin, Marshall McDonald and Slide Hampton.  

Other projects include the Essex County Youth Detention Center Prison Ministry, Lafayette College Jazz Ensemble, St Matthew Ame Gospel Chorus, The Owens Brothers Band and The Perfect Alibi Quartet.

Recent recording projects

Major Performances include

    • Lincoln Center Outdoors
    • The Bitter End, New York City
    • CrossRoads, New Jersey
    • Hat City, Orange, New Jersey
    • Trumpets, Montclair, New Jersey
    • The Priory Jazz Club, New Jersey
    • Cleopatras Needle, New York City
    • Flushing Town Hall, New York City
    • The Hedley Club, San Jose CA
    • San Jose SummerFest, San Jose CA
    • The Downtown After Sundown Festival, South Orange NJ