Biography

 
J.J. Clarke is a versatile, well-rounded musician, clinician and instructor proficient in Pop, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Big Band, R&B, Funk and Country. She performs with several bands in various styles in the Tri-State area. She has opened for and shared the stage with such performers as Sue Foley, Carmen Leggio, Roy Hargrove, the Bacon Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Sonny Landreth, and Gregg Allman. She has also recorded with numerous artists. Some of her studio and album credits include:
 
*Ed Cusati: “The Fullness” 2014
*Westchester Broadway Theatre: Big River Musical Radio Ad 2012
*King Lower School Children: "Road to Recovery" 2011
*The Dream Jam Band: "Leave It in the Soup" 2010
*The Geoff Hartwell Band: "Hate To See You Go" 2009 
*The Geoff Hartwell Band: “Perfect Stranger” 2006

In addition to performing, J.J. is a drum instructor and has been teaching privately for 17 years. In 2012, she opened J.J. Clarke’s Drum School which provides private lessons and performance opportunities to students in Westchester and Putnam Counties. She organizes and hosts the Drum School’s annual “Evening of Drummers”. She also teaches private lessons at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York.

J.J. is involved with youth theatre such as the Lighthouse Youth Theatre in Pleasantville, NY and the Encore Youth Theatre formerly in Bedford Hills, NY as well as performance arts programs with various school districts. She has performed a variety of shows including Les Miserables, High School Musical, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Once on This Island, Beauty and the Beast, and The Wiz.

She has also been involved with TV and radio. She appeared on “Poughkeepsie Live” with Geoff Hartwell in 2009 and with Dallas Fischer in 2000. In 2009 and 1999, she performed on live radio (WPKN 89.5 FM and WPDH 101.5 FM) with the Wallbangers. She performed live on PBS Kids Sprout Network with the Dream Jam Band in 2008.

J.J. studied drums privately with Nick Mangini for 20 years. She attended the University of North Texas as a member of its Jazz Studies program from 1995 to 1997 and completed her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Liberal Studies at SUNY Purchase.