May 18, 2021
MM, DePaul University
Joe Clark is an arranger for The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, writing for the Once Upon a Symphony and Orchestra Explorers programs. Clark's arrangements and compositions have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Jeff Hamilton, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Marquis Hill, Kurt Elling, Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, Julia Bentley, the Chicago Brass Quintet, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band, the Tom Matta Big Band, the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, Chicago Q Ensemble, V3NTO, the Spektral Quartet, players from the Grant Park Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and professional and educational ensembles worldwide.
His horn arrangements can be heard on many albums, including Kanye West and Malik Yusef's "G.O.O.D. Morning G.O.O.D. Night". He is the recipient of multiple Luminarts Awards, the Kleinman Composition Award, a DownBeat Student Music Award, and the Claire and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. Joe is also in demand as a producer for recording sessions in a variety of styles and works with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Additionally, Joe Clark is a trumpeter and bandleader with two recordings as a leader: "Lush" (2013) on Jazzed Media Records and "The C.O.W.L. Sessions" (2014) on Sparks & Shadows.