Clark Tracey was born in London, England.
He played in several ensembles with his father Stan Tracey (1978–2013), which took him to the US, Australia, India, The Middle East, South America, Africa and Europe.
He has played with numerous visiting American musicians and a wealth of British greats.
He has led his own ensembles since the early 1980s. As a bandleader he has toured the Far East, Yugoslavia, France, Gibraltar and Finland as well as many national UK tours.
He has been awarded "Best Drums" in the British Jazz Awards six times and in 2007 won "Best Drums" at the Ronnie Scott's Club.
Tracey runs the weekly jazz club, Herts Jazz in St Albans, and an annual jazz festival. He owns two record labels, Tentoten Records and Resteamed Records.
Clark has been commissioned to write Exploring Jazz Drums for Schott Publishing and The Godfather of British Jazz for Equinox Publishing. He is currently a visiting tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and was also asked to compose the jazz syllabus for Trinity College 2020-2024.
Tracey was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to music and the promotion of jazz.