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Thank You For Sending And Bringing So Much Love!

“Clark said to tell you that he wants to eat some of your cooking. He wants some of those garlic chicken legs.” That was the message that I received from one of his health aides, Marilyn Turner, recently. Clark has moved on from chocolate pudding and other soft foods to a more substantial diet. Of course, he’s going to get his heart’s desire since we all love him.

His niece Deidra Ellington drove from Georgia with her family, including Jody Marsh, an eleven-year-old guitarist – Daivaugn, and his twin brother – Daigon who took trumpet lessons from Clark three years ago. Their adorable three-year-old sister Peyton had his total attention as I walked into his room with a surprise visitor.

When I said, “Dianne Reeves is here to see you,” he said, “You’re kidding!” She walked up to his bed, took his hand and said, “I came here to tell you that there are thousands of people praying for you to get well because we love you and we need you. I sincerely appreciate all that you’ve done for me, and in everything I do, you are there.”

She told him how much she loved his book and then she sang But Beautiful. Be sure to click on the song title to hear Clark interacting and singing with Dianne on an audio clip that was recorded at the hospital. It was absolutely incredible!

A few minutes later, she recalled an event where she learned one of the greatest lessons from him. “I was performing at one of your gigs in Wichita, Kansas, and I was totally improvising, singing a lot of variations of the song. You turned to me and said, ‘Learn the melody!’ I took your advice to heart, and I learned a whole lot of melodies. Those words of wisdom helped my career tremendously.”

At home, we continued talking about Clark’s autobiography and she said, “His book is a masterpiece; the writing, the stories, the history. I couldn’t put it down! I learned so much about our music and his incredible career. And not just that, his book has so many valuable lessons about life.”

Her CD, When You Know, is totally wonderful, and I can’t wait to share it for him!

Clark and I thank each of you for sending and bringing so much love to him from all over the world. With the good reports that we’re getting from his doctors and your continued prayers, hopefully, he’ll be able to eat some garlic chicken legs at home soon.

Blessings,
Gwen

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11 Responses to Thank You For Sending And Bringing So Much Love!

  1. Dear CT, What a pleasure to talk to you this evening and to here how you’re “keepin’ on”. Always wonderful to hear your voice which is so much like your beautiful sound on flugelhorn and trumpet. All of your friends and fans up here in Vancouver will continue to send those positive vibes your way, “every day and in every way”. Happy memories of your wedding as per the last comment! What a thrill to see and hear a room full of trumpet players playing “Perdido Line” from memory, too!
    Love,
    Alan and Riina

  2. Great news. I’m enjoying the autobiography. I heard Dianne Reeves at Wichita with Clark at the Jazz Festival there. I was impressed with her at that time, and I’m glad she’s had so much success. It was fun to read about the wedding and the jam session in Texas. The jam session was a great experience and the book captures the feeling we had that night. Keep on keepin’ on!

  3. Rachford H Mauney says:

    Mister Clark Terry, I have known you for many years through your Nephew, Donald, and your music. Donald was a nieghbor and more like a brother of mind. There wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t mention you. This was back in the 50s and early 60s. I still communicate long distance with Donald there in Swenden. He informed me of your illness and I’m sending you my blessing and wishing you a speedy recovery.

  4. Keith Hedger says:

    Clark,

    Just finished the book — excellent read! What an amazing life you’ve lived! I want to wish you the best….you’ve been a great inspiration to me as a trumpet player and as a human being. I sent an email last year about an encounter you and I had back in ’79 at the Buena Vista Club…nothing I’d expect you to remember, but you called a break and stepped right over and sat down at the table I was sharing with 3 friends — “Hi fellas, how’s it going?” Opened up a captivating 1/2 hour of conversation…..I’ll always remember it.

    Peace,

    keith

  5. Fabian Acuna says:

    The song But Beautiful in the Hospital was so beautiful, I felt myself tearing up. I’m so glad to continue hearing that Clark is getting better and I am as eager to have him have those garlic chicken legs when he gets home. Thank you so much Glen for every update in the blog that you have done.
    Each new post is a great post, hearing about Clarks recovery! I’ll keep on pray so that he is able to have those garlic chicken wings and I cannot wait to hear from this blog again about good news!

    All my love,
    Fabian

  6. Jyrki Ahola says:

    Dear Mr.Terry –
    I’m sending good wishes and love from Finland to my lifelong trumpet inspirer !!! You and Miles are the two reasons why I play jazz/trumpet !
    I hope that you’re feeling better…

    best regards
    Jyrki Ahola

  7. Cousin Mona aka "MoMo" says:

    What a blessing it was to hear you interacting with Dianne Reeves and sharing your love of music. I am so glad to know that you are doing better since my visit with you and Gwen.

    I have really enjoyed reading the book and sharing stories of your experiences with my harp and piano students here in Iowa. You are loved, admired and oh sooooo cherished!!!

    Always, Mona Terry

  8. Michael "Migueligans" Miller says:

    Dear Clark…

    The audio clip that Gwen posted on your blog of you and Dianne Reeves talking and singing together is so wonderful and sweet, but beautiful most of all!!

    Next time, maybe Dianne will sing “Autumn Reeves” with you before she has to reeve on a jet plane. And when you’re out of that hospital, maybe you and Dianne could do a concert together, so that your shared musical talents can REEVErberate throughout CLARKANSAS!!

    Happy healing ahead, Clark Terry!

    Love more,

    Michael

  9. Dear Clark,
    So glad that to hear that you’re getting ready for some garlic chicken! Let me know and we’ll send you some hot sauce, too. That’s great news about Dianne Reeves coming to see you-and what a great song to sing. She’s one of the true master musicians-as are you. Got one of my students working on “Perdido Line” and your soul and spirit is contained in every bar.
    Lots of love,
    Alan and Riina

  10. Michael "Migueligans" Miller says:

    Clark, you sure have taught and inspired so many people on this planet (and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are other planets jumping with jazz due to the universal reach of your horn and voice.

    I loved reading about how Dianne Reeves received one of her greatest lessons from you, Clark. Ironically, as I was sitting in the audience for the masterful clinic that Dianne gave this past April at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, I remember thinking, “She seems to be so filled with the positive energy and spirit of Clark Terry.”. Little did I know that she, in fact, was…is…and forever will be. In fact, any of us who have been fortunate enough to share a part of your magical path, Clark, will always carry a part of you within ourselves…and we’ll be all the better for it.

    Thank you, Clark, for all that you’ve done….and for all that you’ll still be doing. There can never be enough Clarkification in this world, so keep on keepin’ on and I’ll see you back home soon!

    Much love to you, Clark…and also to your angel, Gwen…

    Michael

  11. Michael "Migueligans" Miller says:

    Clark, you sure have taught and inspired so many people on this planet (and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are other planets jumping with jazz due to the universal reach of your horn and voice.

    I loved reading about how Dianne Reeves received one of her greatest lessons from you, Clark. Ironically, as I was sitting in the audience for the masterful clinic that Dianne gave this past April at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, I remember thinking, “She seems to be so filled with the positive energy and spirit of Clark Terry.”. Little did I know that she, in fact, was…is…and forever will be. In fact, any of us who have been fortunate enough to share a part of your magical path, Clark, will always carry a part of you within ourselves…and we’ll be all the better for it.

    Thank you, Clark, for all that you’ve done….and for all that you’ll still be doing. There can never be enough Clarkification in this world, so keep on keepin’ on and I’ll see you back home soon!

    Much love to you, Clark…and also to your angel, Gwen…

    Michael