This fall, we are introducing you to our family, the folks who make Flushing Town Hall tick. You may know some of them, or simply see them hard at work making sure you enjoy a great show, program and workshop.
But rather than just share their bios with you, we thought we’d have some fun, and so we posed a bunch of offbeat questions to the staff. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Clyde Bullard.
Surrounded by music since he was a child, Clyde is the son of Atlantic Records executive Clarence “CB” Bullard, who helped the careers of Paula Abdul, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, The Rolling Stones, and Donny Hathaway, among others. His uncle was Bill Withers, the Grammy Winning singer and songwriter who penned “Lean on Me”.
Clyde is a professional bassist who began his career working for The Joseph Papp Shakespeare Festival Touring production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, when its bassist abruptly left the company. Clyde has since played in productions of “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, “Hair”, “Pippin”, “A Chorus Line”, “ Amen Corner”, “The Wiz”, “Bubbling Brown Sugar”, “Godspell”, and “Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope”.
During his illustrious career, he performed for 17 years as the bassist for the Boys Choir of Harlem and with notables such as Eddie Murphy, Luba Mason, Ben Vereen, Donna McKechnie, Julie Budd, Gloria Gaynor, Beth Carvalho, ZeZe Motta, Jair Rodriquez, Martha Wash, The Weather Girls” The Delfonics, and Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient, and performed at The White House.
Clyde served as a panelist for The New York State Council on the Arts, administered New York City’s Best Jazz Tour, and founded The Queens Jazz Orchestra in 2008 with NEA Jazz Master and Conductor Jimmy Heath.
Although busy with a number of projects, Clyde for more than 13 years has been the Consulting Producer at Flushing Town Hall, where he was honored in 2010.
What is your favorite feature at Flushing Town Hall?
My favorite feature of Flushing Town Hall is the adventure of presenting world-class artists and culturally enriching performances to the borough of Queens…
What was your childhood hobby?
My Childhood hobbies were learning the art of Magic and Karate…I am a magician, my group “Mystic Merlin” infused music and magic together, we recorded three albums on “Capitol Records” in Hollywood California.
And I am a “Shodan” – a Black Belt First Degree in Goju-Ryu Karate and weapons.
What is your favorite song?
One of my favorite songs is Earth, Wind & Fire’s “ After The Love is Gone”, such an elegant way to express the pain of desertion.
If you could bring ANY performer to Flushing Town Hall – with cost and space not being a factor – who would it be?
If we could bring one performer to Flushing Town Hall—I would wish it to be Queens Born Tony Bennett we would love to present a concert with “The Queens Jazz Orchestra” and Tony Bennett
What were your best and worst subjects in school?
Mathematics was the subject that I feared and was the worst, now I love the logic and sequence of the science of mathematics.
If you could be a superhero, who would it be?
My superhero might be “Buddha” or anyone concerned with World Peace and bringing harmony to this world.
When you step away for a bite to eat in Flushing, what do you crave?
Flushing Queens is a repost of great eateries, you almost cannot go wrong eating anywhere.
What performance at Flushing Town Hall made the biggest impression on you?
The concert that made the biggest impression was the Debut of “The Queens Jazz Orchestra”- An orchestra dedicated to performing the music of the great jazz artists who lived in Queens.
Who was – or is – your role model for a life well-lived?
My Father and Bruce Lee are shining examples of lives well lived and examples of perfection.