Sharon Clark

sharon clark 1Sharon Clark, or rather Sharón Clark, (born Sharon Inez Clark) is an American jazz artist.

She takes standard AM radio hits of the 60s and 70s like Motown, Herman’s Hermits, the Carpenters, and the Beatles and reinterprets them as jazz.

The New York Times compared her to Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn.

The Wall Street Journal described her voice as “operatic in its richness, but pure jazz in its improvisational sassiness” and compared her to Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae.

Washington Post compared her to Shirley Horn, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

JazzTimes called her “a revelation” and compared her to “Sarah at her best”.

Clark was awarded the 2014 New York’s Bistro Award for Best Vocalist. She has won top prize in Savannah Music Festival’s American Traditions Competition and Billie Holiday Vocal Competition.  She has been featured soloist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.  She headlined the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, the Cape May Jazz Festival, and the Savannah Music Festival. She has toured extensively in Russia and Sweden.

Clark was born on December 21, 1961.  She grew up in a large family in Alexandria, Virginia. Her father was Curtis Clark,  a water purification specialist at a military hospital near Washington D.C.   Her mother’s name is Mary.  Her father died when Clark was 14. She has an identical twin sister Sherry who has sometimes performed with her; they are one of 15,000 twin pairs in an ongoing study of twins at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Official Website: http://www.sharonclarkjazz.com/

Bio on allmusic: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/sharon-clark-mn0001751720

Albums:

  • Do it Again  — My Tribute to Shirley Horn, 2008  with pianist Chris Grasso and saxophonist Paul Carr (review on WaPo)
  • Finally, Union Records, 1997 (WaPo)
  • Intimate Ella – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald,  2018, with Joel A Martin on piano

And what does Wikipedia say about Sharon Clark?

“Sharon Clark is an American model and actress. She is Playboys (sic) Playmate of the Month for August 1970….”

I’m not even going to link to it.
But here is Sharon Clark and a bonus link to Shirley Horn singing The Great City by Curtis Lewis.

If ever you're restless and feelin' low,
Don't think that the city is the place to go!
Well, I'll tell you one thing worth thinkin' about,
If you come in be sure you can get back out!

The great city's playboys, they're always around,
To help build your hopes up, then help drag you down!
They'll leave you with nothing worth singin' about,
Now you're in and now you want back out.

2 thoughts on “Sharon Clark

  1. If Wikipedia has more articles about women porn stars than women writers, it is not particularly surprising to find an article about the centerfold/porn star but not the jazz artist.

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