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Joe Clarke Big Band

Charleston , SC
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LOCATION

PO Box 32092
Charleston, SC US 29417 (map)

PHONE

843-860-6526

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Joe Clarke has had a life long love affair with Big Band music. As a child, he would spend hours listening to Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller just to... Read more
Joe Clarke has had a life long love affair with Big Band music. As a child, he would spend hours listening to Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller just to name a few. As a youngster, Joe studied percussion and then the trumpet and piano while in high school and college.

While obtaining a degree in psychology at the Citadel, Joe pursued his own musical interests and dreams of leading his own big band. He was musical director for all the yearly talent shows while at the Citadel and while serving as the band director for the College of Charleston, he began writing his own 3 and 4 horn arrangements. While working at the college, he began gathering musicians and finally organized his own big band.

Being a child of the 70s and 80s and it’s music, Joe brings a new twist to the fine art of singing the big band and jazz standards. He often says, "I like a little rock & roll in my jazz and a little jazz in my rock & roll."

In the past eight years, Joe Clarke has served as musical director for several shows; "Swingtime Canteen," "Behind the Rainbow-The Harold Arlen Story" (He played Harold Arlen in this production.) "Stardust Man - The Hoagy Carmichael Story," "The Wild One" the life and times of Louis Prima. Keely Enright, Producer and director of these shows has given Joe his first taste of the stage. I think he's hooked. In 2009 Joe played in "Splish, Splash" another production at The Village Playhouse. This was a review of the the music and life of Bobby Darin. Joe sang all the greatest hits that Bobby Darin made famous: Splish Splash, More, Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea, etc. Read less
Band , Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians), Medium (4-6 musicians), Small (1-3 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
Big Band, Jazz, Latin, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
No

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
They are fantastic and professional. Highly recommend!
Services Used: Band
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Nathan
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
A great evening thanks to Joe and the gang!!!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Kristen
Wedding:
1/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Brides, planners, etc: Book Joe Clarke Band! They were absolutely amazing. Joe had everyone from 7 to 77 on the floor dancing and having a great time.

I had a few special requests and the band was nice enough to learn the songs and incorporating them into the set. Many many thanks to Joe Clarke Band for making our evening so special and memorable. You cannot go wrong in booking this band.
Services Used: Band
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Richard
Wedding:
1/7/2010
5.0/5.0
People are still commenting 2 months later how incredible they were. They had everyone on the dance floor for the entire night. They did not take one break and played beautiful music during dinner.Everyone had the time of their lives and many said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. The band got everyone up and dancing. They were very personable and easy to work with. They were truly a pleasure. I would use them again in a heartbeat for an event.
Services Used: Band
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n
Wedding:
7/18/2009
2.5/5.0
I was really disappointed by this vendor. They were really the only vendor in my wedding that I had a real problem with. We had the quartet reserved for our wedding reception, and before we made the final decision to book them, we made sure they were going to be able to play our first dance song. They responded that they definitely knew that song, and could do it. So we thought, 'great! Let's book them.' So AT our wedding reception, not only were they about an hour late of the agreed upon start time(we had even paid and extra 400 dollars for an additional hour in advance), they did not know our first dance song. They thought it was a different song! Now, they were good musicians, and they did partially learn the song come first dance time, but my husband had to leave the wedding reception to go to our house to try to download and print sheet music for them. It was just a big stress factor I could have done without on the day of the wedding. I was truly disappointed because I had been looking foward to their musi, and had told all my friends and family how good they were. It was a little embarrassing for me to have them be so late and unprofessional.
Services Used: Band
Joe Clarke Big Band responded with the following comments:

Ok. This was a bad day. Everybody has one. I let this client down in a big way. I made several errors that led to everything that happened. I failed to make a note of a time change on the contract. The first dance was a Billy Joel song "Home." A song I have never heard or played. The irony is that I had the music in my library. But after the initial request, I confused it with another Billy Joel song that I do know "She's Got A Way." Since the request was made verbally, I had no way to check before the performance. Still my fault. But hopefully, this fact makes me look less inept. (I hope!) As a result, I learned a new trick. Get all details in email to review before the performance. A testament to my bands musicianship, we learned the song during a break and played it. This client was very gracious during the reception. I thank them for that. I contacted them (the brides father) and asked for forgiveness and also to remove this review. I believe I have a nearly flawless reputation. I hate that this is here for you to read but hopefully you can understand that this was an extremely rare situation. I pride myself and the band on being a perfect band for weddings.
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J.
Wedding:
12/21/2007
5.0/5.0
We only had a quartet from the big band and they were FANTASTIC!!! We've heard them play at other venues before and they're always having a swingin' good time! I highly recommend them!
Services Used: Band
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Lolita
Wedding:
6/19/2007
4.9/5.0
Amazing job! So simple, yet amazing.
Services Used: Band
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Sandra
Wedding:
11/2/2006
4.3/5.0
They were very nice to have at our wedding.
Services Used: Band

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