About JJ

About JJ Clarke

J.J. Clarke is a versatile, well-rounded musician, clinician, and instructor proficient in Pop, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Big Band, R&B, Musical Theatre, Funk and Country. She performs with several bands and ensembles in various styles in the Tri-State area. She has opened for and shared the stage with such performers as Sue Foley, Carmen Leggio, the Bacon Brothers, Sonny Landreth, Roy Hargrove and Gregg Allman. She has also recorded with numerous artists. Some of her studio and album credits include:

  • Ed Cusati: “The Fullness” 2014
  • Westchester Broadway Theatre: Big River Musical Radio Advertisement 2012
  • King Lower School Children: “Road to Recovery” 2011
  • The Dream Jam Band: “Leave It in the Soup” 2010
  • The Geoff Hartwell Band: “Hate To See You Go” 2009
  • The Geoff Hartwell Band: “Perfect Stranger” 2006


J.J. has been teaching drum lessons privately since 1999. In 2012, she opened J.J. Clarke’s Drum School located in Somers, New York. In addition to her private students, J.J. has taught lessons at numerous schools in the area; Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York, King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, Connecticut and Dutchess Day School in Millbrook, New York.

J.J. has been involved with various youth theatre programs (Lighthouse Youth Theatre in Pleasantville, New York and the Encore Youth Theatre formerly in Bedford Hills, New York) and local school district’s performing arts programs (Byram Hills High School). She is an active pit musician and has performed countless musicals locally including Les Misérables, Shrek, Next to Normal, High School Musical, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Once on This Island, Beauty and the Beast, and The Wiz.

JJ Clarke playing drums on stage under blue lights
JJ Clarke playing drum kit with red background
JJ Clarke at BB Kings with 3 other musicians
JJ Clarke holding drum sticks
JJ Clarke posing with 2 fellow musicians

J.J. has also been involved with TV and radio. She appeared on “Poughkeepsie Live” with Geoff Hartwell in 2009 and with Dallas Fischer in 2000. In 2009 and 1999, she performed on live radio (WPKN 89.5 FM and WPDH 101.5 FM) with the Wallbangers. She performed live on PBS Kids Sprout Network with the Dream Jam Band in 2008.

J.J. studied drums privately with Nick Mangini for 20 years. She attended the University of North Texas as a member of its Jazz Studies program from 1995 to 1997 and completed her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Liberal Studies at SUNY Purchase in 2000.

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