Stanley Clarke turns 60 years old on June 30, 2011, and he’s starting the celebration early.
Starting tonight, Clarke is holding a number of birthday celebration performances, with shows in Los Angeles and New York “featuring good friends and surprise special guests”.
The L.A. shows will be held at Catalina’s tonight through May 14th at 8pm and 10pm each night.
The New York shows will be held at The Blue Note, May 24-29, with shows at 8pm and 10:30pm each night.
In other news, Clarke has announced the first dates for the upcoming Return to Forever tour (note: complete US dates are to be announced):
- June 24, 2011: Calvin Theater Northampton, MA
- June 26, 2011: Montreal Jazz Festival @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Montreal, QC Canada
- June 27, 2011: Ottawa Jazz Festival @ Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa, ON Canada
- June 28, 2011: Toronto Jazz Festival @ Sony Centre, Toronto, ON Canada
- July 1, 2011: Zitadelle, Berlin, Ber Germany
- July 2, 2011: Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
- July 3, 2011: Audi Forum, Neckarsulm, Germany
- July 4, 2011: Tollwood Jazz Festival @ Tollwood Arena, Munchen, Germany
- July 7, 2011: Jazz a Vienne @ Vienne Jazz Festival, Vienne, R-A France
- July 8, 2011: North Sea Jazz Festival @ North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- July 9, 2011: Olympia Hall, Paris, IDF France
- July 10, 2011: Gent Jazz Festival @ Gent Jazz Festival, Gent, Belgium
- July 11, 2011: Piano Festival Ruhr @ Piano Festival Ruhr, Duisburg, Germany
- July 12, 2011: Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, VD Switzerland
- July 14, 2011: Sete Jazz Festival @ Sete Jazz Festival, Sete, France
- July 15, 2011: Bard Fortress, Aosta, AO Italy
- July 20, 2011: Theatre de Verdure, Corsica, France
- July 23, 2011: Heineken Jazzaldia @ Kursaal Auditorium, San Sebastian, Spain
- July 26, 2011: Festival Jazz des Cinq Continents, Marseille, France
- July 29, 2011: Jazz in Marciac @ Jazz in Marciac, Marciac, M-P France
- August 1, 2011: Caesarea Amphitheatre, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
- September 19, 2011: Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay, San Diego, CA