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Clare Church, drums

playing music with passion and artistry


About Clare

Clare Church

Clare played her very first gigs with Tony Bennett, the Temptations and the Four Tops. In her 30-plus years as a professional musician, she has performed all different styles and genres of music. On the jazz side, she was a regular with the Joe Henderson Big Band,and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, and many more. A versatile musician, she also could be heard in the pit orchestras of the Buell, Arvada Center, or Boulder Dinner Theater, as well as in the horn sections of traveling artists such as Tito Puente Jr., Natalie Cole, The Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Frankie Vallee and the Four Seasons, etc. She has been a member of the sax section of the Colorado Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Oakland Symphony, and the Boulder Philharmonic.

Clare performs on drums in the Denver metro area with her jazz trio or quartet, with her bands Lewis and Church Expeditions and Yo Momma, and with local artists such as Art Lande, Jeff Jenkins, Ellyn Rucker, Justin Adams, Carmen Sandim, Tenia Nelson, Victor Mestas, Matt Fuller, James Barela, Marylynn Gillespie, Janine Gastineau, and Jerry Weiss.


Upcoming Dates


September 6th, 7 pm
Expeditions Plus One 
featuring Wendy Fopeano
Muse Performance Space
200 E. South Boulder Rd, Lafayette

September 13th; 7 pm
Clare Church Trio
with Adam Revell, piano
and Kim Bird, bass
La Cour Art Bar
1643 S. Broadway, Denver

October 4th, 7 pm

Expeditions Plus One 

featuring MaryLynn Gillaspie

Muse Performance Space

200 E. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette

October 19th, 7 pm
Expeditions with Pete Lewis on saxes
Adam Revell on piano, Jason Malmberg on bass
La Cour Art Bar
1643 S. Broadway, Denver


Expeditions plays fresh arrangements of familiar songs, everything from traditional jazz to folk to Motown, along with some tasty originals. Expeditions has performed at the best venues in Denver, and drawn large and enthusiastic audiences. Co-leaders Pete Lewis and Clare Church are consummate professionals, having shared the stage with Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, and many more.

Listen to our CD, I'll Fly Away, below!

Yo Momma

Yo Momma is comprised of three of Denver's best and brightest musicians, along with some stellar guests, all of whom just happen to be women!

Yo Momma plays originals penned by everyone in the group, along with some tasty arrangements of standard jazz tunes. The core of the band features Clare Church on drums, Annie Booth on piano, and Kim Bird on bass. Guest artists have included saxophonist Anisha Rush and trumpeter Dawn Kramer.

Check out our videos below!

Clare Church Trio

Clare Church Quartet

These ensembles are collaborations between Clare Church and the top professionals in the Denver area, including Matt Fuller, Victor Mestas, Doug Walter, Adam Revell, Jerry Weiss, Justin Adams, Carmen Sandim, Tenia Nelson, Ellyn Rucker, Andrew Rose, Pete Lewis, James Barela, John Gunther, and more.

Check out videos below!


Clare Church Music

Clare Church Trio /Quartet


Expeditions Live at KUVO

Pete Lewis, saxes; Adam Revell. piano; Jason Malmberg, bass; Clare Church, drums


West Coast Blues

Matt Fuller, guitar; Brian Knott, bass


La Reine de Mon Coeur

Doug Walter, vibes; Brian Knott, bass


A Foggy Day, arr. by Jerry Weiss

Pete Lewis, sax; Victor Mestas-Perez, piano; Brian Knott, bass


Blue Monk

with Victor Mestas-Perez, piano and Brian Knott, bass


"Kindred Spirits" performed by   
Yo Momma

composed by Clare Church
Annie Booth, piano; Dawn Kramer, trumpet; Kim Bird, bass; Clare Church, drums


"Simple" performed by
Yo Momma

Composed by Clare Church
Annie Booth, piano; Kim Bird, bass, Dawn Kramer, trumpet; Clare Church, drums



Clare is available for hire as a freelance drummer for all types of music. She has years of experience as a professional musician, and can also put together any size ensemble for the occasion, from a trio to a big band.



Contact Clare with any questions or to check on availability