Chris Clark is a singer and jazz guitarist based in Glasgow, Scotland. He is one of the country's premier jazz entertainers with an unrivalled knowledge and execution of the American Songbook, whether as a guitarist, vocalist or story teller. His jazz anecdotes are renowned and admired by audiences at home and abroad.
Chris' debut album, "How I Wish You'd Ask Me Now" is a mix of self-penned songs and jazz standards and has received radio airplay on the Jazzhouse and Iain Anderson shows on BBC Radio Scotland and also on stations in the USA. Chris’s live gigs feature a mellow mode of jazz singing, with anecdotes about some of the great songwriters of the past and present.
Currently touring a solo set performing tunes from ‘The Great American Songbook’ and as a trio with vocalist Olivia Ennemoser and renowned trumpeter Robert Henderson. Clark has performed alongside a variety of established Scottish jazz artists such as Ronnie Rae, Carol Kidd and Chris' cousin guitarist Nigel Clark as well as New Yorkers’ Frank Perowski, musical director to Lisa Minelli and Warren Vache, plus London Scots’ ex-pats, Jim Mullen and Bruce Adams.
Most recently he has been performing as solo support to Annie Ross, the Scottish jazz singer turned American citizen, who was recently given a lifetime achievement award by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs in recognition of her contribution to music in the US and New York in particular.
Chris Clark has just completed a very successful week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to four star reviews; and his show was also highly recommended by Dillie Keane and Fascinating Aida to all their audiences – with the statement ‘Chris does it all, rarely heard verses included with great insights into some little known songwriters'.
A variety of acclaimed musicians have joined his weekly sessions in Glasgow such as US based singers Madeleine Eastman (San Francisco) and Barbara Morrison (LA), plus the legendary US cornet player Warren Vache, New Yorker Frank Perowsky, (horn player and musical director to Lisa Minelli) and London based jazz greats Jim Mullen (guitar), and the BBC‘s Bruce Adams (trumpet). Local talent includes his cousin, guitarist Nigel Clark, pianists Tom Finlay, Paul Harrison, Brian Kellock and Eric Lovett, Ronnie Rae Senior (bass), plus the young polish pianist Mira Opalinska, with Robert Henderson, a close friend bringing lively trumpet to most of Chris’ gigs. The sessions have now moved to La Bodega at South Street Glasgow.
Instrumentalists on the Current CD (How I Wish You'd Ask Me Now) include Tom Finlay (piano), Ed Kelly (bass), Neil T Wilson (drums), with additional vocals provided by Debbie Davis and Chris’ daughter Natalie Clark, currently pursuing a musical career in LA including appearing on the American version of The Voice 2016.