Philly artist JAY D CLARK plays feel-good roots, reggae, rock, blues, funky soulful grooves with conscious, catchy lyrical hooks sung by a powerfully sweet voice. Well-crafted songs, which take on a life of their own every time.
JDC plays at home with a sizable, select pool of extremely talented musicians & bands, playing often unrehearsed and allowing his backup band to flavor each song uniquely. JDC has begun playing all over the east coast, backed by up-and-coming reggae-rock-jam-funk bands, who also play their own sets. This unique formula has had immediate success and opened up lots of opportunities, as well as creating many different, amazing versions of his songs.
No Jay D Clark shows are ever the same, but the energy and sounds created are always uplifting and powerful.
He has recently played venues across the east coast like World Cafe Live, The Piazza at Schmidt’s, North Star Bar, Love Park, & the PA Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA, The Note in West Chester, PA .... Kelly's Logan House in Wilmington, DE, Deer Park Tavern in Newark, DE.... Bourbon Street Ballroom in Baltimore, MD, Seacrets in Ocean City, MD.... House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ, Parker House in Sea Girt, NJ.... Sullivan Hall in NYC, NY.... Chicho's 29th Street in Virginia Beach, VA.... House of Blues, HOTO's, & Pirate's Cove in North Myrtle Beach, SC.... The Five Spot in Atlanta, GA.... HarborWalk Village in Destin, FL, State Theatre in St Pete, FL, Captain Hirams in Sebastion, FL, World of Beer UCF in Orlando, FL, Sloppy Joe's in Daytona, FL, The West End Trading Company in Sanford, FL, & Adventure Island in Tampa, FL....San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, DiPiazza's in Long Beach, CA and many more....
JDC has already shared the stage with touring bands like Supervillains, Turbine, Echo Movement, and Ballyhoo, and been backed up touring musicians from bands like The Movement, John Brown's Body, Among Criminals, Three Legged Fox, The B Foundation, and pro musicians like Lamont Caldwell (Jay Z, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Mach 22), Jason Fraticelli (Matisyahu, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Benevento Russo Duo), Dai Miyazaki (Lauryn Hill), Jay Davidson (Sly & Robbie, Maxi Priest & Whitney Houston) and Clark’s first recording partner Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, Billy Joel, Pearl Jam, Sting, G Love, The Roots, Slightly Stoopid, Dr Dre, Mike Pinto, The Movement…).
He's played on the road with different bands backing him up like Si Senorita (Schwenksville, PA), Cheezy and the Crackers (Millville, NJ), Lucky Dub (Washington, DC), No Dreads (Virginia Beach, VA), Of Good Nature (Charlotte, NC), Treehouse! (Myrtle Beach, SC), Below The Bassline (Myrtle Beach, SC), Sun-Dried Vibes (Rock Hill, SC), Tidal Jive (Charleston, SC), Domino Effect (Savannah, GA), Sidereal (Jacksonville, FL), Yamadeo (Tallahassee, FL) Burning Tree (St. Pete, FL), Resinated (St Pete, FL), Chronic Jester (Santa Rosa Beach, FL) and others with many more talented bands lining up for future shows.
Clark has worked on many projects, as a writer, producer, musician, singer, director, actor, and artist. He honed his vast and varied skills while working on movies, photo shoots and commercials, between periods of intense screenwriting and songwriting. Clark now is focused on his PhillySmooth Productions, founded in 2002. He finished the Fall of the City music album in 2008, co-produced with Chuck Treece (McRad, Bad Brains, Pearl Jam, G Love, The Roots, Slightly Stoopid, Dre Dre, Billy Joel, Sting...), and is now working on new tracks and other film & television projects, as well as touring to spread his music all over. In 2011, JDC is traveling as much as possible to spread his vibes.
No matter who he plays with it's worth seeing!
Jay D Clark - vocals, guitar
Jay performs with a vast pool of quality players. He is also often backed by other bands, who will perform their own set.
CHUCK TREECE (Bad Brains, G Love, The Movement, Slightly Stoopid, Pearl Jam)
TONY CATASTROPHE - drums
(Fathead, Ursula Rucker, Moses Livingston & the Raggamuffins, As Human, Oudblues)
RAY PIRRE (Moses Livingston and the Raggamuffins, Retro City Studios)
XANDE CRUZ - percussion (Xande Cruz & the Batukas)
DAVE PALAN - bass (Blivit, Fathead)
JARROD PEDONE - drums (Among Criminals)
LAMONT CALDWELL - guitar, sax, flute, clarinet (Jay Z, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Mach 22)
DAI MIYAZAKI (Mach 22, Jason Fraticelli Trio)
MIKE SNYDER (Mach 22)
SEAN MCFADDEN (Mach 22)
JASON FRATICELLI - bass http://www.myspace.com/jasonfraticelli
(Matisyahu, As Human, Melody Gardot, Benevento Russo Duo, Oudblues, Cell Theory)
also Bennod Durham III, Mark Carson, Steve Toy, Jonathan Reed, Ryan Aloisi, Keith Snyder, Adam Marshall Flicker and more...
Societal Hill (movie soundtrack) EP - 2003
Fall of the City LP - 2008
Intelligent Design LP - 2012
Intelligent Design was recently released and is already getting some college and commercial radio play across the US.
Fall of the City record has gotten some limited release college/independent radio play around the U.S. and globally. All studio tracks are available at www.jaydclark.com
Fall of the City and Intelligent Design were both co-produced by Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, G Love, Slightly Stoopid, Pearl Jam...)
rock and roll prophet
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"In 1982, I saw B. F. Skinner give his pessimistic 'Why are we not acting to save the world?' speech..."In 1982, I saw B. F. Skinner give his pessimistic 'Why are we not acting to save the world?' speech about the likely failure of our technology of behavior to stop disaster scenarios from prevailing. At the macro level, I find Clark to be a rock and roll prophet of our time."
Press from Malaysia
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"Jay D Clark's style is really unique... infusing all that is traditional and inventive in one packa..."Jay D Clark's style is really unique... infusing all that is traditional and inventive in one package... the Philly sound and Jay D Clark simply takes it up a notch... he always has this sensible personality... no one artist that holds any style close to his, he is that outstanding..."
Stir Fry Fest revue
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"There were a lot of great people at the Stir Fry Music Revival ... but one of the nicest was Jay D ..."There were a lot of great people at the Stir Fry Music Revival ... but one of the nicest was Jay D Clark.... That is exactly what is delivered. The music has a smooth reggae flavor with lyrics that make you think."
well worth the trip
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"Jay D Clark is hosting an open mic night tonight at the Edge Hill Tavern out in Glenside.... We kno..."Jay D Clark is hosting an open mic night tonight at the Edge Hill Tavern out in Glenside.... We know it may be a bit far for some of you, but if Jay D Clark decides to play a few tunes, it’ll be worth the trip."
Philly reggae artist climbing up the Treehouse ladder
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"Jay D Clark is heading south to team up with local act Treehouse for a roots reggae/funk jam design..."Jay D Clark is heading south to team up with local act Treehouse for a roots reggae/funk jam designed to inspire hot Caribbean vibes, and a chilled out night of thinking man's music - both acts have plenty to say if you listen closely. "
Philly's Jay D Clark aims to sample Local Flavor with first tour
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"Most musicians will tell you that every time they step on stage they feel like they’re starting a n..."Most musicians will tell you that every time they step on stage they feel like they’re starting a new adventure. This feeling of freshness is more like a fact of life for up-and-coming roots/reggae/rock artist Jay D Clark. The Philadelphia native... is set to play more than a dozen dates, each time performing in a new city with a different band backing him up. "
45-minute to hour-long sets. Ability to do 3-4 sets. Limited cover songs, but rock out Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry", Michael Jackson's "Human Nature", CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" and a Grateful Dead or Sublime tune when necessary. People ask Jay D all the time if his songs are cover songs or his own. The sets flow from reggae to rock to reggae to blues to funk to reggae to rock to reggae... keeping the vibes ever-changing.
1. For Deuce
3. Open Eyes (new song)
4. Those Who Stare At Goats (new song)
5. Legalize It Now (new song)
7. Personal Consequences (new song)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.