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“Paisano!!! Forget about it! You better off now! I will never forget you. Peace ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Marco Di Gennaro - NYC, NY

“I have nothing but fond memories of Seleno. He was one of my father's (James Stemley) best friend's when I grew up in D.C. He was always very nice...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Betty Stemley - Catonsville, MD

“A profound musician. He allowed me to sit in on his band and play my conga. He trusted me and I felt very honored to be able to join him. A great...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: John Walker - New york, NY

“To Seleno's children, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and friends: May the ever available presence of God and his unfathomable grace give...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Camille Clarke Battle - MD

“My deepest sympathy regarding your loss. Seleno rest in peace ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Larry Edmonds - Petersburg, VA

“My deepest sympathy regarding your loss. Seleno rest in peace. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Gwen Lee - Petersburg, VA

“I remembering first meeting Seleno 10 years ago in NYC after hearing him play. He had a warm, open friendly spirit. After talking with him, it was...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Terrence Wadley - Manvel, TX

“Seleno, I will miss your visits, and our conversations, I will continue to enjoy your music. May you Rest In Peace.Cousin,Bernard Harper ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Bernard Harper - Fayetteville, NC


On December 28, 2017 Seleno Clarke dropped his role of flesh and ascended to heaven to seize his everlasting prize.

Seleno was born on September 30, 1930, i n Poolesville, Maryland to the late Reverend Millard E. Clarke and Beulah L. Clarke. In 1952, Seleno served in the U.S. Army. In 1954 he relocated to New York where he started his music career. He toured and performed all over the world, with recent performances in Vancouver, Canada and Berlin, Germany.

Seleno started out making a living as a saxophonist in all the clubs in the Harlem loop, (including the famous Apollo Theater). Seleno has performed with the legendary Count Basie, George Benson and many other legends in the Jazz community. He later switched and mastered the Hammond "B3" organ in the early 60's adding a gospel flavor that pumped up soul jazz. George Benson also produced Seleno's quintet CD called "Diversity." This extraordinary recording expresses both the roots of his creative vision and his exhilarating contemporary sound.

Seleno was a very influential musician whose success was not only measured by his amazing and award-winning music career and recording contracts, but also by his legacy of mentorship to so many young and upcoming musicians.

Seleno was preceded in death by his parents Reverend Millard E. Clarke, Beulah L. Clarke, his brothers, James, Douglas, Donald, Gilbert , Barney Clarke and a sister Peggy Williams. Seleno leaves to celebrate his homegoing, 3 devoted children, "Little Sal," Serena, Adrianne and one grandson, Sean, Sister inlaw, June Clarke, Brother inlaw, Hosea Williams and his daughter-in-law Eurydice Crocker. He also leaves behind, his Love Life Partner, Brenda Chapman, alias "BJ," her family, nieces, nephews and a host of family and countless friends.

We will remember Seleno's dedication and loyalty to his family, friends and the Jazz community. Rest in peace Seleno.

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