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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI

Selected Discographies

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Sherman Irby, lead saxophonist for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, recording artist, founder of the Black Warrior Records label, jazz quartet leader, Clark Atlanta University graduate.  Representative recordings are as follows:

As a Leader:

  • Live at the Otto Club, released in 2010 on Black Warrior Records;
  • Big Mama’s Biscuits, released in 1998 on Blue Note Records;
  • Full Circle, released in 1996 on Blue Note Records  

As a Sideman:

  • Reel Time, with Wynton Marsalis, released in 1999 on the Sony label;
  • Blues for the New Millenium, with Marcus Roberts, released in 1997 on the Sony label 

Phillip Davis, Grammy Award winning producer, pianist/keyboardist, songwriter, founder and CEO of PhD Productions, LLC., Clark Atlanta University graduate, current Assistant Director of the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra. Representative recordings are as follows:

  • Classic Jazz Lullabies, Vol. 1, released in 2009 on the PhD Productions, LLC label, catalogue number 884501258296;
  • Philosophy, released in 2008 on the PhD Productions, LLC label, catalogue number 884501047814

Mark Boozer, pianist, Clark Atlanta University professor, classical solo recitals across the country. 

  • Piano Music of William Grant Still, released in 2005 on the Naxos label, catalogue number 8.559210, documented in the Music Genome Project database at www.pandora.com
  • Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra,
  • A Tribute to Our Ancestors, James H. Patterson, Director;
  • A Spiritual Remembrance, featuring Lionel Hampton with special guest George Smith, James H. Patterson, Director

George Adams, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist who studied with Wayman Carver at Clark College; member of the acclaimed George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet. Representative recordings include the following:

  • George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vols. 1 and 2, original 1980s recording on the Soul Note label, later reissued on CD in 2009 and 2010, respectively;
  • Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet: Breakthrough, released on the Capitol label in 1990 

Marion Brown, alto saxophonist and ethnomusicologist, one of the members of New York City’s jazz avant-garde in the 1960s, attended Clark College in the 1950s and studied with Wayman Carver. Representative recordings include the following:

  • Marion Brown Quartet, recording reissued on CD in 2005 on the Esp Disk, Ltd.;
  • Why Not?, original recording reissued on CD in 2010 on the Esp Disk, Ltd.;
  • Three For Shepp, original Impulse recording reissued on CD in 2002 on Japanese Import label;
  • Afternoon of a Georgia Faun, original ECM recording reissued on CD by ECM in 2008

Duke Pearson, pianist, composer, arranger, producer, Clark College graduate, former Clark College faculty member (1970s). Representative recordings include the following:

  • Profile, debut album released in 1959 on Blue Note Records, reissued in 2008;  
  • Tender Feelin’s, released in 1959 on Blue Note Records, reissued in 2008 on Toshiba EMI Japan;
  • A New Perspective, a 1963 album by trumpeter Donald Byrd and released on Blue Note Records, it contains the famous track “Cristo Redentor,” composed and arranged by Duke Pearson;      
  • Prairie Dog, released in 1966 on Atlantic Records, reissued in 2006;
  • Sweet Honey Bee, released in 1966 on Blue Note Records, reissued in 2005;
  • Introducing Duke Pearson’s Big Band, released in 1967 on Blue Note Records, reissued in 2006 on Toshiba EMI Japan;
  • Duke Pearson, a boxed set compilation released in 2005 on the Mosaic Select label, 

Wayman Carver, one of the first jazz flutists in history and the very first to be widely recognized as a true jazz flutist, featured extensively on swing records; saxophonist; Clark University graduate and later Clark College faculty member. Carver is featured on recordings from the Swing Era with the likes of Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald. Such representative recordings include the following:

  • Chick Webb and His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra, a rare import recording;
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For, this compilation recording contains the famous “A Tisket, A Tasket,” one of Fitzgerald’s signature songs from the Swing Era, with Wayman Carver on tenor and alto saxophones;
  • The Duke’s Men: Small Groups, Vol. 1, this Duke Ellington recording features arrangements by Wayman Carver

Fletcher Henderson, pianist, bandleader, arranger, composer, founder and creator of the big band (from which came the modern jazz orchestra), Atlanta University graduate. Representative recordings include the following:

  • 1921-1923: Fletcher Henderson and the Blues Singers, Vol. 1, original recording reissued on CD in 1995;
  • 1923-1924: Fletcher Henderson and the Blues Singers, Vol. 2, original recording reissued on CD in 1995;
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra: 1934-1937, original recording reissued on CD in 2002;
  • Wrappin’ It Up, original recording reissued on CD in 2004;
  • Wild Party: The Essence of Swing, original recording reissued on CD in 2010;
  • Tidal Wave, original recording reissued on CD in 1994;
  • The Harmony and Vocalion Sessions, Vol. 1, 1925-1926, original recording reissued on CD in 2000;
  • The Harmony and Vocalion Sessions, Vol. 2, 1927-1928, original recording reissued on CD in 2001;
  • Yeah Man, original recording reissued on CD in 2001;
  • Ken Burns Jazz Collection: Fletcher Henderson, released in 2000 on the Sony label;
  • Father of the Big Band: 1925-1937, Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra, released in 1999 on the Epm Musique label