[image-1] Joe Clarke is a pianist, educator, and the mastermind behind several local jazz bands. Last summer, he opened Forte Jazz Lounge on King Street. Because of his experience leading the Joe Clarke Trio, Quartet, Swing Band, and Big Band, he was the perfect person to ask: Who are your top five bandleaders?

Duke Ellington


Glenn Miller


Count Basie


Harry James


Tommy Dorsey