Clark Terry
December 14, 1920 (St. Louis, Missouri) -
February 21, 2015

Clark Terry was an American swing and bop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, an educator, and an NEA Jazz Master.

His humor and command of jazz trumpet styles were apparent in his "dialogues" with himself, either on different instruments or on the same instrument, muted and unmuted.

Clark Terry began his professional career in St. Louis in the early 1940s by playing in local clubs before joining a Navy band during World War II. Afterwards, he played with Charlie Barnet (1947), Count Basie (1948-1951), Duke Ellington (1951 to 1959), and Quincy Jones (1960). He also performed and recorded regularly both as a leader and sideman. In all, his career in jazz spanned more than sixty years.

Prompted early in his career by Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry and Milt Hinton bought instruments for and gave instruction to young hopefuls which planted the seed that became Jazz Mobile in Harlem. This venture tugged at Terry's greatest love - involving youth in the perpetuation of Jazz. Between global performances, Terry continued to share wholeheartedly his jazz expertise and encourage students. Since 2000, he hosted Clark Terry Jazz Festivals on land and sea, and his own jazz camps. More than fifty jazz festivals on all seven continents featured him as a guest artist.

His career as both leader and sideman with more than three hundred recordings demonstrated that he was one of the most prolific luminaries in jazz. Terry composed more than two hundred jazz tunes and performed for seven U.S. Presidents.




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