Joe Clark

Musician

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

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 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". 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 two recordings as a leader: "Lush" (2013) on Jazzed Media Records and "The C.O.W.L. Sessions" (2014) on Sparks & Shadows. His band Arcana is releasing their self-titled debut record in 2017. His playing can be heard in the upcoming Chance the Rapper Netflix special.