Preview: UK debut for Clarke and Hiromi

Bassist Stanley Clarke and pianist Hiromi are set to make their UK duo debut with a one-night only performance at the London Palladium in February

Two of the jazz world’s best-known performers, Stanley Clarke (pictured right) and Hiromi, are scheduled to make their debut UK appearance as a duo at what is probably the most famous of London's theatres, the Palladium. The one-off concert will take place on Saturday 27 February at 7.30pm.

Clarke and Hiromi are longstanding collaborators, having released their first album, Jazz In The Garden, in 2009. This was followed in 2010 by The Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. 

Four-time Grammy Award winner Clarke has an impressive 40-year career on both acoustic and electric bass. Clarke is perhaps best known in the jazz world for co-founding Return To Forever with Chick Corea and drummer Lenny White. He was Rolling Stone’s first Jazzman of the Year and won the bassist section of Playboy’s Music Award for 10 consecutive years.

Most recently, Clarke won the 2013 and 2014 Downbeat Magazine Reader and Critics Polls for Best Electric Bass Player. As a film and TV composer his credits include Boyz N The Hood and the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It. He has collaborated with Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey and many more.

Pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara (pictured left by Muga Miyahara) was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979 and started playing piano at the age of six. After relocating to the United States in 1999, she studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, she played with Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and her mentor, Ahmad Jamal. In 2003, Hiromi recorded her debut album, Another Mind. In 2011 Hiromi formed the Trio Project with bassist Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips and released Voice. Hiromi & the Trio Project released Move in 2013 and the all-acoustic Alive in the summer of 2014.

More information about the concert can be found at the London Palladium website.

Tickets for the concert, which cost from £15-£65, can be booked online or by phone on 0844 412 4655 (please note that booking fees may apply).

Bruce Lindsay

Your Comments:

Posted by Chris Williams, 13 May 2016, 23:04 (1 of 1)

What a great gig it was too! I think most of the audience knew Stanley Clarke, though maybe from his jazz fusion, School Days and his work with George Duke, though I love his Return To Forever and Light As A Feather albums with Chick Corea. I think he's at his best with a double bass playing serious jazz. Hiromi was new to me. I noticed her a couple of months earlier on a video with The Stanley Clarke band and thought wow, got hear some more of her. Now I can't get enough of her. There were many jazz musicians in that audience. At the interval people were wandering around looking shell-shocked but grinning broadly at the performance they were witnessing. Oh, and Stanley only played double bass all night. His trusted Alembic bass was nowhere to be seen.
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