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Trumpeter Clark Terry Performs: An In Memoriam Tribute

Celebrated jazz musician Clark Terry (Dec. 14, 1920 – Feb. 21, 2015 ) played trumpet and flugelhorn in a career that spanned more than seven decades and included performing with Count Basie and Duke Ellington in the late 1940s and 1950s, and with Quincy Jones. His many awards include a Jazz Master Award from the NEA (1991), 16 honorary doctorates and Trumpeter of the Year (2005) from the Jazz Journalist Association. Terry was filmed in interviews and performance for American Masters – Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001), written, directed and produced by Michael Kantor. This outtake from the film shows Terry in performance.

Kantor remembers, “Clark Terry was a giant. He played for the greatest bandleaders of all time, including Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and literally taught Quincy Jones how to play trumpet. Throughout his life he was a mentor to so many young talents. In fact, there is a recent documentary about Terry’s gift for inspiration, Keep on Keepin’ On. He was a pleasure to interview, generous with his time and talent.”



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