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Clyde Pound is a well-known entertainer and arts advocate in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
He has been the keyboardist and arranger for vocalists Shirley Chauvin, Fedett “Lady J” Johnson, and the leader of the ATM Band (Anything That Moves). In Hot Springs Village, Clyde has performed in several Woodlands Auditorium shows, including the Pied Pipers, Carmi, and Tony Lippia. He provided the entire band for the Peter Perkin show and the Rat Pack Show at the Woodlands, and the Bob Newhart Show at Oaklawn Racetrack. He has performed JazzFest Concerts with Pete Brewer, DeShannon Higa, Al Herman, Bob Montgomery, Mel Martin, Scott Whitfield, Noel Okimoto, Paul Shaw, Phillip Manuel, Les Benedict, Doug McDonald, Ray Blue, Spa City Stompers, Allen Won, Bob Dowell, Sim Flora, and Earl Hesse .
Clyde is a dedicated member and board member of the Hot Springs Jazz Society, and has served as chairperson the Hot Springs Jazz Festival from 2007 through the current year (2018). Other Jazz Society events that Clyde has produced include Vocalrama, Guitarama, Pianorama, Sax In The Streets, Classical and Jazz Blowout, and Garland County Library American Jazz Experience Programs.
Clyde’s musical career has found him in many cities making music with many well-known jazz greats. In San Francisco, Clyde played with Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, and for Mel Torme and Johnny Mathis among others. He has performed with several bands at Las Vegas hotels, including the Stardust and the Flamingo. Back in San Francisco, Clyde was band leader at the world famous “Hungry i “ night club, working with the likes of Laura Nyro, Flip Wilson, Jackie Vernon, Rod McKuen, and many others. Clyde spent 33 years in Hawaii, performing and arranging music for many Hawaiian artists as well as Tommy Sands, Mel Torme, and Jim Nabors. While President of UNISON INC, he contracted and provided bands for, Rich Little, The Letterman, Connie Haines,Dianne Carroll, Vic Damone, Joel Grey, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Coasters, Maureen McGovern, Smokey Robinson, and others too numerous to mention. Clyde’s recording credits include “Jazz San Francisco Style”, and over 30 recordings in Hawaii for Bill Kiewa, Slack Sax, and many more popular entertainers. He has composed and provided music tracks for Harley Davison, Honda, Taco Bell, Simons Mattress, First Hawaiian Bank, Volkswagen, and wrote the original music soundtrack for Kanai Helicopters narrated by Orson Wells.
Today, Clyde appears at the Ohio Club in Hot Springs at Thursday night Jazz, now in its 4th year. See him and his rhythm section, along with a special guest each week. The Ohio Club has a Facebook page, which you can view at this link.