Kim Clarke is a native New Yorker. She is a bassist and composer. She is a parent, bassist, composer, bandleader, website developer, educator, and earring designer. Most known for her electric bass playing with Joseph Bowie's Defunkt, she toured with Joe Henderson and Joanne Brackeen. She performed locally with Art Blakey, Marylou Williams, Bertha Hope, Harold Ousley, Jimmy Heath, Jaki Byard, George Braith and Space Island, Rashied Ali, Junior Cooke, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Teri Thornton, Lester Bowie, Andy Bey, Louis and Gerald Hayes, Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd, Donald Blackman, Candido, Patato, Little Jimmy Scott, Dr. Billy Taylor, Olu Dara, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Philly Joe Jones, Marylou Williams, Sharon Freeman, and Geri Allen. She is the founder and producer of the LADY GOT CHOPS Women's History Month Music and Arts Festival, Inc. that has the mission of globally elevating Women's History Month through the promotion of women's contributions, artistic and otherwise, during the month of March. It is a grassroots institution providing free promotion to women artists and bookings in celebration of Women's History Month. Incorporated in December 2015, the festival became a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation in 2017. In 2018, LADY GOT CHOPS will celebrate its 16th year.
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