The Wichita, Kansas native is
currently the saxophonist for the nationally known, Dallas based band
Fingerprints. Performing with the group has allowed him to share his
talent with music lovers throughout the United States and abroad. His
extensive experience in music has also garnered him the honors of sharing
the stage with such jazz luminaries as Stanley Jordan, Gerald Albright,
Richard Elliot, Najee, Kirk Whalum, The Rippingtons, Jonathan Butler and
Art Porter just to name a few.
Claud Hardrick knows his way
around jazz and his instrument. He can go with the flow of smooth jazz or
he can fiercely blow the sounds of bebop. Incorporating tightly
orchestrated jazz with soulful contemporary sounds, adding a dash of funk
and rhythm and blues, is what makes his playing style so unique.
began playing Clarinet at age ten and it wasn't until Junior High, before
he picked up a saxophone. Later performing in all High School ensembles,
along with local and area jazz groups Mr. Hardrick began to build
confidence. After attending college and receiving a Bachelor of Music in
performance from the very prestigious University of North Texas, he began
playing around the Dallas and Fort Worth area. In 1991 after a very close
friend moved on to other things, Mr. Hardrick was offered the position in
Fingerprints, which he gladly accepted.
on the road with the band or gigging around the Dallas Fort Worth area,
Mr. Hardrick can be found shedding and working on his material.