Dr. Colleen Clark
Artist, Educator, Jazz Historian
Dr. Colleen Clark is the first and only drummer to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts from the world-renowned University of North Texas.
She is now an Assistant Professor of Jazz at the University of South Carolina, where she coordinates small ensembles, conducts a big band, and teaches drum set studio and jazz history courses.
Clark is the founder and artistic director of USC’s Jazz Girls Day.
Current research includes:
Doctoral Dissertation: “The Evolution of the Ride Cymbal Pattern from 1917-1941: An Historical and Critical Analysis”
#ClarkMeetsMonk: an ongoing research project that studies drummers that played with Thelonious Monk throughout his career. This work goes into depth on topics: ride cymbal patterns, comping styles, soloing, and vocabulary.
Whether it's about booking Dr. Clark for a gig, inquiring about studying at the University of South Carolina, guest lectures at your school or university, conducting or group lectures on jazz history and/or JAZZ GIRLS DAY, inquire and the team will respond accordingly!