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NEW DATE & TIME! "Second Valve Slide"
The Christopher Lowell Clarke Quartet

On Saturday, October 30 2021 at 3:30 pm at the Bulb Amphitheater,  Alternating Currents is proud to present a concert by   The Christopher Lowell Clarke Quartet. The quartet led by Clarke on Trumpet includes  Howard Wiley on Tenor Sax, Michael Jones on Bass, and  Greg German on Drums, some of the finest musicians on the Bay Area Jazz scene as you'll learn from their impressive artist bios.

Click here to view a short video of Christopher commenting on the show.

The concert was rescheduled due to inclement weather. We were grateful for the weather system bringing much needed rain to northern California, but regretted its timing. We're happy to report the Bulb and Amphitheater weathered the storm brilliantly and we anticipate great weather on the 30th.

This extraordinary afternoon concert will feature original compositions by Clarke, complemented by a few standards.

To ensure the safety of the attendees and performers, masking ,vaccinations and social distancing are required. We thank you for your help.


JUST ADDED: Click here to view comments by  Christopher Lowell Clarke a few days before the show.  

As with all A/C events, the show is free. Ticket reservations on EventBrite are not required but are  highly recommended.  Note that donations are welcome and help A/C's commitment to supporting local artists.  Contact us at albanybulbeventseries at gmail dot com with questions and comments.

"Second Valve Slide" is made possible in part with the generous support of Jazz In the Neighborhood and the Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund. 


ARTist bios below                            Free REservations

Special Thanks Day of Production Assistance: Lisa Dungan & Joshua Byi 


"Second Valve Slide"
The Christopher Lowell Clarke Quartet

new Date & TIME:
Saturday Oct 30 • 3:30 pM
Free At The Albany Bulb
aLternating Currents


Christopher Lowell Clarke 


Christopher Lowell Clarke began playing trumpet in the fourth grade. While attending School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati Ohio, he participated in the Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Band and Jazz Band. Before graduating from high school in 1989, Chris had an impressive list of performance credits with hit musicals such as The Music Man, Peter Pan, Ain't Misbehavin, Sophisticated Ladies, and The Wiz. He also had opportunities to perform with guest artists Bobby Shew and Joe Lovanno. After high school, Chris attended the College Conservatory of Music, at University of Cincinnati, majoring in Jazz Studies and Studio Music Performance. There he performed with many jazz greats including Joe Henderson, Slide Hampton, Byron Stripling, John Fedchock and Gordon Brisker. In 1992, Chris received the Fisk Middleton Young Emerging Jazz Artist Scholarship and performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockridge, MD.

Anxious to sow his professional oats, Chris left school in 1993 and worked as a musician with Carnival Cruise Lines off and on for the next four years, living in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. Chris moved to San Francisco in 1997 and immediately impacted the jazz scene performing regularly with heavy weights like Bishop Norman Williams, Herbie Lewis and Eddie Marshall just to name a few. In 1997 he traveled abroad with the Johnny Nocturne Band to perform at the Umbria Jazz Festival and in 1998 performed with the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Monterey Jazz Festival and led his own quintet at the Fillmore Jazz Festival. In recent years, Chris and bassist DeWayne Oakley have received raving reviews for their outstanding duo performances. Now, one of the most sought after trumpet players in the Bay Area, Chris continues to develop his professional career with "The Swooper," a debut CD, which also showcases his compositional skills.


Michael Jones

IS a bassist and band leader based in the Bay Area for over thirty years who plays acoustic music in the fine tradition of Jazz and Blues. After studying music at the University of Northern Colorado, Michael migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid 1970’s where he has had the pleasure of playing with many icons including Al Tanner, Faye Carroll, Ed Kelley, Donald (Duck) Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Deniece Perrier, Calvin Keyes, and Buddy Montgomery to name a few. 



HAS  been playing music in one form or another for most of his life.  After years of playing tenor saxophone and guitar, he found his way to the drum set at the relatively "late" age of 23.  He studied drums privately with Eddie Marshall, Pete Magadini and Alan Hall.  He also credits much of what he knows to studying the work of drum masters such as Stewart Copeland, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Roy Haynes.  Over the last 30 years, he has been performing with SF Bay Area bands that run the spectrum from pop and rock to latin and Brazilian to chamber music and jazz in its many varieties.  He has recorded with numerous groups including Marcos Silva, Terrence Brewer, Humanistic, Ben Stolorow, Gerald Beckett, Steve McQuarry, alt.jazz ensembles and Resonance.  He has also performed with other distinguished artists such as Madeline Eastman, Claudia Villela, Benny Rietveld (Miles Davis, Santana), Barbara Morrison, Sandy Cressman, The Stray Horns, and the Mandala Orchestra.



Howard Wiley is “The most prodigious Bay Area saxophonist of his generation” (Berkeleyside).  Having been mentored by Bay Area great Jules Broussard and sharing formative bandstand experiences with the likes of Clark Terry, Jason Moran, Orrin Evans, and Lauryn Hill, the Berkeley-born Wiley is a shining example of innate musical talent meeting opportunity born of hard lessons well learned. Association with the Thelonious Monk Institute and GRAMMY All-American Jazz Band established Wiley as a young talent on the rise, and his work as a professional has more than made good on his prodigious beginnings.


rev. 0ct. 30  11:02  PDT

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