Over an ongoing career that has spanned thirty years, Clarence Clemons has left his distinctive mark on all that he has come in contact with. The sheer spectrum of his vast accomplishments is in itself impressive. He has traveled many roads of artistic endeavors. He has never restricted himself to one form of creative expression because he draws from a wide array of talents. In addition to an ever lengthening roster of live concerts, performances and recording projects, he also has to his credit a swiftly
growing theatrical and television portfolio.
Clemons is most widely known for his unmistakable saxophone sound, which for more than two decades, has lofted Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band to, as some have deemed it, the greatest rock and roll band in the world. With the influences of such greats as Junior Walker, King Curtis, and Gato Barbieri, Clemons has developed his own unique style that has made him one of the most renowned saxophonists in the world. His live performances with the E Street Band, as well as with his own Red Bank Rockers, Jerry Garcia Band, The Grateful Dead, and Ringo Starr's All Star Band, have left audiences breathless, clinging to every expressive note pouring from his horn.
Mr. Clemons' discography is large and varied, creating what seems to be an endlessly definitive statement of musical expression. He has recorded albums with such notable artists as Aretha Franklin, Paul Young, Great White, Alvin Lee, Roy Orbison, and Patti LaBelle. The greatest testament to his wide appeal would be his unique ability to span a range of musical genres from David Koz's "Sax Man" LP to Ricky Skaggs' LP "Honey".
Steve Smith & The Nakeds are now celebrating thirty-five esteemed years touring throughout the USA and Canada, the rhythm & blues powerhouse has taken their distinct infectious blend of rhythm, brass, and fun to the touring stage with Bruce Springsteen's saxophonist, Clarence Clemons for a series of critically acclaimed performances. They have been featured on television, appearing on MTV's video countdown program "The Basement Tapes", and more recently, on the Fox TV season 6 Family Guy DVD box set.
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