Bassist, Composer and Educator, Clark Sommers has toured and performed extensively in the bass chair with vocalist Kurt Elling, with whom he tours the globe, bringing jazz to everyone from Istanbul to the Canary Islands. Thus far, he has been privileged to play on multiple recordings with the Elling. One of which won the GRAMMY for best jazz vocal album in 2009 “Dedicated to You” Kurt Elling sings the music of Coltrane and Hartman and the second in 2020 for “Secrets Are The Best Stories” featuring Danilo Perez.
He has had the privilege of performing with Cedar Walton, Darrell Grant, Brian Blade, Ernie Watts, Bennie Maupin, Von Freeman, Ira Sullivan, Frank Wess, Charles McPherson, Peter Bernstein, Lin Haliday, Dana Hall, Jodie Christian, Bobby Broom, Jeff Parker and many others.
When not on the road with Kurt Elling, Clark enjoys leading two of his own groups in and outside of Chicago - Ba(SH) & The Lens Project.
Ba(SH) which includes long-time collaborators Dana Hall on drums and Geof Bradfield on reeds released their debut album in 2013 which was acknowledged on the “notable and not to be missed” list by All About Jazz in 2013. The groups’ subsequent album “Peninsula” was released in 2020. The Lens Project first album, “By A Thread” was released in 2014 and includes Jeff Parker, Kendrick Scott, Gary Versace, Geof Bradfield and Joel Adams. The latest Lens album, "Intertwine" was released in the Fall of 2022 and features Dana Hall, Chris Madsen, Matt Gold and Geof Bradfield.