Joe Clark

Composer, Arranger, Trumpeter

Praised as “haunting” (Chicago Tribune), “very intriguing and attractive” (Journal of Singing), and “a tour de force” (Chicago Classical Review), the music of composer and arranger Joe Clark is an ambitious synthesis of a wide range of musical traditions in “an emphatic new voice that should be heard” (AllAboutJazz).

Clark's compositions and arrangements have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Jeff Hamilton, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Marquis Hill, Kurt Elling, Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, Julia Bentley, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chicago Brass Quintet, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band, the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, Quince, Chicago Q Ensemble, V3NTO, the Spektral Quartet, players from the Grant Park Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and ensembles worldwide.

Joe is an arranger for The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, writing for the Once Upon a Symphony and Orchestra Explorers programs. 

His arrangements can be heard on many albums, including Kanye West and Malik Yusef's "G.O.O.D. Morning G.O.O.D. Night” and “Sisters in Song” featuring Nicole Cabell, Alyson Cambridge, and the Lake Forest Symphony. Clark works frequently with conductor-arranger Cliff Colnot. Additionally, He is the recipient of multiple Luminarts Awards, the Kleinman Composition Award, a DownBeat Student Music Award, and the Claire and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. 

Finally, Joe Clark is a trumpeter and bandleader with three recordings as a leader: "Lush" (2013) on Jazzed Media Records,  "The C.O.W.L. Sessions" (2014) on Sparks & Shadows and "Arcana" (2017) on bandcamp.

Joe Clark has been on the faculty of DePaul University since 2012 and Northwestern University since 2014.