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Clark Terry

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Possessor from the happiest audio in jazz, flügelhornist Clark Terry always played music which was exuberant, swinging, and fun. An excellent (and incredibly exclusive) soloist, Terry obtained popularity for his “Mumbles” vocals (which began being a satire from the much less intelligible historic blues performers) and was also a keen educator. He obtained early knowledge playing trumpet within the practical St. Louis jazz picture of the first ’40s (where he was an motivation for Mls Davis) and, after executing within a Navy music group during World Battle II, he obtained a strong popularity playing with the best music group of Charlie Barnet (1947-1948), the orchestra and little groups of Count number Basie (1948-1951), and especially with Duke Ellington (1951-1959). Terry, a flexible golf swing/bop soloist who began specializing on flügelhorn within the middle-’50s, acquired many features with Ellington (including “Perdido”), and began leading his very own record dates throughout that period. He visited European countries with Harold Arlen’s unsuccessful Totally free & Easy present of 1959-1960 within Quincy Jones’ Orchestra, and joined the personnel of NBC where he was a normal person in the Tonight Present Orchestra. He documented regularly within the ’60s, including a traditional set using the Oscar Peterson Trio and many dates using the quintet he co-led with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer. Through the entire ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, Terry continued to be a major power, recording and executing in a multitude of configurations, including because the mind of his short-lived big music group within the middle-’70s, with all-star groupings for Pablo, so when a guest musician who provided pleasure in every notice he performed. Terry passed away on Feb 21, 2015, at age group 94, after a protracted struggle with diabetes.

Quick Facts


Full Name Clark Terry
Died February 21, 2015, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
Profession Actor, Teacher, Songwriter, Trumpeter, Film Score Composer
Education Vashon High School
Nationality American
Parents Mary Terry, Clark Virgil Terry
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Music Groups Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Bailey, Duke Eillington and His Orchestra
Music Songs Satin Doll, Nahstye Blues, Clark After Dark, Trumpet Mouthpiece Blues, Tread Ye Lightly, Spanish Rice, Jazz Conversations, Brotherhood of Man, Flutin' and Fluglin', One Foot in the Gutter, Funk Dumplin's, Squeeze Me, Lil Max, No Flugel Blues, Keep, Keep, Keep on Keepin' On, Peanut Vendor, Pennies From Heaven, Ding Dong Ding, No Problem, First Love Song, Alternate One, Soul Duo, Hello & Goodbye, Days of Wine and Roses, Brother Terry, Daahoud, I Want a Little Girl, On The Trail, Soul Bird, Alternate Three, Simple Waltz, My Romance
Albums Oscar Peterson Trio + One, Duke with a Difference, In Orbit, Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry, Serenade to a Bus Seat, Yes, the Blues, The Alternate Blues, The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big 4, The Happy Horns of Clark Terry, The Trumpet Kings Meet Joe Turner, Clark Terry Plays the Jazz Version of All American, Soul Duo, Such Sweet Thunder, Memories of Duke, Tijuana Jazz, Out on a Limb with Clark Terry, Complete Recordings, Complete Studio Recordings (1964-66), Express, Clark Terry's Big-B-A-D-Band Live!, Uh! Oh!, The Jazz Collection, Vol 2., Si le vent te fait peur (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Mono Version), Four Classic Albums (Introducing Clark Terry / One Foot in the Gutter / Clark Terry Quartet with Thelonious Monk / It's About Time) [Remastered], The Way You Look Tonight, Vol.3, Mother! Mother!! - A Jazz Symphony Featuring Clark Terry and Zoot Sims, We're Listening To Clark Terry, Vol. 2, Funk Dumplin's (feat. Kenny Drew), We're Listening To Clark Terry, Vol. 1, I Love Jazz, Live at the Village Gate: The Second Set, You for Me, the 1961 New York Sessions, Clark Terry - Chris Woods, Lucerne 1978 / Swiss Radio Days, Jazz Series Vol.8, Clark Terry & His Orchestra, Remember, It's About Time (Remastered), One World Jazz (Mono Version) [feat. J. J. Johnson, Ben Webster, Stéphane Grapelly, Martial Solal, Jo Jones], Terry, Clark: Having Fun, More, The Way You Look Tonight, Vol.1, The Complete Recordings: 1960-1962, Clark, Live in Paris, All-Star Live Jam Session, Swingville Volume 14: Tate-a-Tate, The Complete Recordings: 1955-1959, OW (Live), Jesper Thilo Quartet & Clark Terry, Jazz Elite: Best Of Clark Terry Quartet
Movies Clark Terry: Live in Concert, Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington: Live in '58, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Clark Terry Sextet '77, Woody Herman: Fanfare for the Common Man, Jazz Icons: Oscar Peterson: Live in '63, '64 & '65, Teddy Wilson: In Europe: 1969-1970, Woody Herman: Woodchopper's Ball, The Door, Clark Terry Quartet & The Duke Jordan Trio: Live at Montmartre, Clark Terry Quartet and the Duke Jordan Trio: Live in Copenhagen 1985


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#Fact
1 He was one of the first black musicians to hold a staff position at a television network and for 12 years a mainstay of the "Tonight Show" band, as well as one of the most high-profile proponents of teaching jazz at the college level.
2 In later years, he was active in jazz education, appearing at high school and college clinics, writing jazz instruction books, and running a summer jazz camp.
3 In 1942, he joined the Navy, and was assigned to the band at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station near Chicago.
4 He played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington from the late 1940s through the 1950s. He joined The Tonight Show band, where he played under its famed bandleader Doc Severinsen. He also headed up his own bands, including Clark Terry's Big Bad Band and Clark Terry's Young Titans of Jazz.
5 His mother died when he was 6, and within a few years he was working odd jobs to help support his family. He became interested in music when he heard a relative playing the tuba. When he was 10, he built a makeshift trumpet by attaching a funnel to a garden hose. Neighbors later pitched in to buy him a trumpet from a pawn shop.
6 He was a member of The Tonight Show band during the sixties.
7 Jazz trumpeter, flugelhorist and vocalist.
8 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1994.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967-1992 TV Series musician - 88 episodes
L'homme aux yeux d'argent 1985 musician
The Hot Rock 1972 soundtrack musician: trumpet
Mickey One 1965 musician: trumpet, fluegel horn
Satan in High Heels 1962 musician: trumpet
Paris Blues 1961 musician - uncredited
Anatomy of a Murder 1959 musician - uncredited
Tonight! 1953-1957 TV Series musician - 76 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Groove Tube 1974 "Mumbles" / performer: "Mumbles"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cosby Mysteries 1994 TV Series Clark

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Door 1968 Short as Clark 'Mumbles' Terry

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Obkb 2012 TV Series very special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Keep on Keepin' On 2014 Documentary Himself
Obkb 2012 TV Series Himself
Independent Lens 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Cole Nobody Knows 2006 Documentary short
This Is Gary McFarland 2006 Documentary Himself
Legends of Jazz 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Improvisation 2004 Himself
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton 2003 Documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2003 TV Series Himself
On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize 2002 TV Movie Himself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
The Miles Davis Story 2001 TV Movie documentary
The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story 1992 Documentary Himself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones 1990 Documentary Himself
Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs 1989 Documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1985 TV Series Himself
Great Vibes! Lionel Hampton & Friends 1982 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - In Memoriam
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Cinema Eye Honors Award Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US The Unforgettables Keep on Keepin' On (2014)


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#Quote
1 Your mind is a powerful asset. Use it for positive thoughts and you'll learn what I've learned. I call it getting on the plateau of positivity.


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