Colleen Clark

Adjunct Instructor of Jazz


Jazz Studies

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Drummer, composer, educator and bandleader, Dr. Colleen Clark is the first woman to earn a doctor of musical arts degree in jazz performance at the world-renowned University of North Texas, the oldest jazz institution in America. As a newly nominated member of the Associate Graduate Faculty at UNT, Clark currently oversees the research interests of doctoral students in jazz studies.

As a player, Clark has been described as "someone to watch" and "someone who will be turning heads in jazz for years to come." Clark was invited by the ASCAP Foundation to lead her band, the Colleen Clark Collective, at the Kennedy Center. Dr. Clark has performed in prominent NYC venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and the 55 Bar. Her debut album, consisting entirely of her original music, Introducing Colleen Clark, was produced by Gordon Stout and engineered by ten-time Grammy Award nominee/winner, Brian Dozoretz. Clark proudly joined the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo on their premiere performance at the Jazz Education Network Conference in 2019.

Dr. Clark currently teaches at City University of New York's Borough Manhattan Community College and the University of North Texas. Clark also serves on the advisory board for The BeBop Corporation and has been a lead teacher in the ChiCa Power program at the Jazz House Kids.

Clark can most recently be heard playing on SteepleChase record #900, Allegra Levy's Lose My Number: Allegra Levy Sings John McNeil.