Colleen Clark


Dr. Colleen Clark is an Assistant Professor of Jazz at the University of South Carolina where she will begin teaching her drumset studio, jazz history course and conducting the jazz ensembles starting this Fall of 2021.

As a player, Clark has been described as "someone to watch" and "someone who will be turning heads in jazz for years to come." Clark was invited by the ASCAP Foundation to lead her band, the Colleen Clark Collective, at the Kennedy Center. Dr. Clark has performed in prominent NYC venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and the 55 Bar. Her debut album, consisting entirely of her original music, Introducing Colleen Clark, was produced by Gordon Stout and engineered by ten-time Grammy Award nominee/winner, Brian Dozoretz. Clark proudly joined the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo on their premiere performance at the Jazz Education Network Conference in 2019.

Dr. Clark has taught at the City University of New York's Borough Manhattan Community College and was active Graduate Faculty at the University of North Texas. Clark has been a lead teacher in the ChiCa Power program at the Jazz House Kids.

Clark can most recently be heard playing on SteepleChase record #900, Allegra Levy's Lose My Number: Allegra Levy Sings John McNeil.

Dr. Clark is the only woman and drummer to earn a doctoral degree in jazz from the University of North Texas.

She is proud to join the Zildjian, Vic Firth and Mono families as an official endorser of their products.