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In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 30, 1951, Stanley Clarke was born.
Clarke is a well-known film composer, string bassist, and the original member of one of the earliest jazz-fusion ensembles called Return to Forever. In jazz-related music, the bass guitar lacked the significance Clarke gave it. He is the first bassist in jazz fusion to headline tours, fill up venues throughout the globe, and make albums, which achieved gold certification.
With 15 nominations, including three for solo work, one with the Stanley Clarke Band, and one for Return to Forever, Clarke is a five-time Grammy winner. Clarke has been chosen to receive a Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2022.
In Washington, D.C., the National Museum of African American History and Culture keeps a Stanley Clarke electronic bass on permanent exhibit.