Monthly Archives: February 2015

Jazz Great Clark Terry Dies at 94

Clark Terry
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Trumpeter Clark Terry, a jazz legend who in his seven decades as a musician and bandleader collaborated with artists ranging from Quincy Jones and Duke Ellington to Charles Mingus and Count Basie, passed away Saturday following complications from a long battle with diabetes. He was 94. For his contributions to jazz music, Terry was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

“Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where he’ll be singing and playing with the angels. He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends,” Terry’s wife Gwen wrote on the musician’s official Facebook. “Clark has known and played with so many amazing people in his life. He has found great joy in his friendships and his greatest passion was spending time with his students. We will miss him every minute of every day, but he will live on through the beautiful music and positivity that he gave to the world. Clark will live in our hearts forever.”

Source: Rolling Stone

Two different art forms, one creative endeavor

Photo: Paul Kieu, The Advertiser
Photo: Paul Kieu, The Advertiser

Two different art forms, one creative endeavor and an evening to enjoy it all.

“His art is words and mine is music. This is the work that binds two artists together.”

That was jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield at the 2012 premiere of his multi-movement work with his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra “Dirt, Dust and Trees — A Tribute to Literary Legend Ernest Gaines.”

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