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  • Omar Clay (2005)
    Born in St. Louis, Missouri, OMAR CLAY has lived and worked in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from San Francisco State University. He has composed, performed and/or recorded as a drummer/percussionist with Sarah Vaughan, Max Roach with M'Boom, Charles Mingus, Marian McPartland, Frank Foster, Bob James, The Bee Gees, Ernestine Anderson, and many others. He has played in the orchestral pits of Broadway Musicals, "Raisin" and "Guys and Dolls," and has toured Europe, South America, Australia, and Japan. Omar, who resides in Mill Valley, CA, has taught instrumental music in the Bay Area since 1984, and retired as the Music Director of Tampalpais High School in Mill Valley in 2000. He continues to perform at concerts and festivals, locally and internationally, with Bay Area and nationally known artists.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Heitor Villa Lobos Renée Fleming with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony Alma Brasileira: Music of Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (BMG)
    # 2 Sarah Vaughan Embraceable You 'Round Midnight (Laser Light)
    # 3 Stan Getz Focus I'm Late, I'm Late (Verve)
    # 4 Omar Clay and Mel Dancy Prime Element Norma Jean N/A
    # 5 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes Just Friends (Verve)
    # 6 Milton Nascimento Courage Bridges (A&M)
    # 7 Marian McPartland Plays the Music of Mary Lou Williams In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee (Concord)
             
    Book Bill Bryson, "A Short History of Nearly Everything"
             
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