Bill Clark

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Following any roll call of musicians named Bill Clark, a spot will certainly be set aside for a tuba player. That news should be of comfort at least to the mothers of children who aspire to be tuba players,…
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Following any roll call of musicians named Bill Clark, a spot will certainly be set aside for a tuba player. That news should be of comfort at least to the mothers of children who aspire to be tuba players, since they are inevitably worried that there will be no work available for their offspring. The Bill Clark who plays tuba is associated with the Midwest jazz scene, specifically archival representations of classic jazz, a style that is sometimes called trad jazz.

Clark leads an ensemble called the Queen City Jazz Band that has been working together since 1991. The combo's moniker had been used in the past by a group based out of Denver; this tributary of New Orleans jazz, like the Mississippi river, seems to be drifting east as time goes on. The group's vocalist is Wende Harston. Several compilations celebrating Midwest jazz festivals feature tracks by Clark and associates. The tuba man should not be confused with a pair of trumpeters named Bill Clark, as well as a successful Chicago blues harmonica player of the same name, the jazz drummer, and so forth.