About Colleen Clark

Founder and Artistic Director of the University of South Carolina’s Jazz Girls Day, Dr. Colleen Clark is an Assistant Professor of Jazz at the University of South Carolina where she teaches her drumset studio, jazz history and research courses, coordinates and coaches small ensembles, and conducts Swing Shift Big Band.

Clark can be heard playing on Michael Dease’s “The Other Shoe: The Music of Gregg Hill” (Origin), Allegra Levy’s “Lose My Number: The Music of John McNeil” (SteepleChase), and upcoming releases by Michael Dease and Matt White. Clark was invited by the ASCAP Foundation to lead her band, the Colleen Clark Collective, at the Kennedy Center. Her latest project, “CC + The Adelitas” performed to a packed house at the 2023 Jazz Education Network Conference and will be recording their debut album with 2x GRAMMY Award winning drummer and producer, Quentin E. Baxter serving as co-producer.

Clark is author of the frequently accessed (3,000+) dissertation: “The Evolution of the Ride Cymbal Pattern from 1917 to 1941: An Historical and Critical Analysis.” Dr. Clark is the only woman and drummer to earn a doctoral degree in jazz from the University of North Texas. Clark endorses: Zildjian, Vic Firth and Mono.