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It is with a heavy & thankful heart that I say farewell to you dear friend & mentor, Clark Terry. Thank you for giving me my start & inviting me to join your big band touring through Europe. Thank you for allowing me to watch your acupuncture sessions as you let them heal your colon of cancer. Thank you for the late nights of stories about every great musician I could think of. Thank you for recommending me to sing for Dr Billy Taylor. Thank you for teaching my now husband how to shadow box in hotel room, insisting I breathe along. Thank you for teaching me to literally & figuratively “ALWAYS fill up with a full tank of gas” before playing or taking a trip. Thank you for introducing me to friends I will have for a lifetime. Thank you for refusing to take any credit for any success I’ve experienced, insisting, “Don’t thank me. You DID it!!”. Thank you for treating everyone with that same genuine, jovial, fiercely constructive, honest & encouraging spirit. Thank you for teaching me about resilience, letting go of pain and grudges, keeping a sense of humor, giving to the youth, giving my all to the music, going with the flow of life & taking no prisoners when necessary from the deepest place of love possible. Last but not least, thank you to Mrs. Gwen Terry for selflessly & graciously sharing her husband’s time & energy with so many of us…..When I spoke with you on your 94th birthday last month, you told me, “Crystal, now YOU have to be CT” ….. There is only one CT … And I am Thankful to say I knew him. Rest In Power… Until we meet again, I LOVE YOU….. CT2
A true “Genius”. I am fortunate to have met Clark in his latter years in Pine Bluff, AR. I am praying for the comfort that will be given to his family and friends. His legacy will live on. Gone but never forgotten.
Gwen ! We miss Clark already , Our close friendship will continue ,
Unfortunately without Clark but as always you know we are there for you. Over all the years ive always felt Clark as a brother of mine! He and you were always there for us, and me when our son had his stroke ! Even though i didnt play an instrument , my relationship with Clark and you transcended it and all i really ever wanted was you two to be as close as weve been in our lives! Most people didnt get to realize that beyond Clarks greatness as a master of the horns ! He was more of a giant as a person! Rite now Clark is playing to a bigger and better audience with all his life long friends who are not with us now! Clark , If you can read this now , remember the fun we all had over all the years! Your basement flooded with Short Stop sleeping in it ! The day you tried to open Louies lip balm ! The time you tried teaching me how to blow a horn (your pocket trumpet) We finally figured out my lips were small and narrow ! Those noises i found in that twisted metal were a bit , way ,way different than yours! Il never forget the trips to the Blue note together, The Village Vangard, etc. The photographers who asked who i was, As always you said your twin ! Excuse me ! Thats quite a stretch, we laughed are butts off , Oh Clark your missed already ! But as always ALL of you out there must make note! Behind every Great man is a GREAT woman! Gwen you are that woman ! Strong, sweet, Bright, gifted and BEAUTIFUL , Knowing you is like music in itself ! what a gift to have you in our lives! ALAN (MICKY MOUSE) MIHLSTIN and NORMA MIHLSTIN
Papa Bear rest in peace.A rare gem with a heart of gold.
Dear Gwen will never walk alone. The angels
..are watching night and day every step of the way.
No one touched the lives of musicians like the great Clark Terry! No one!!!
He will always be remembered as a mentor, to all who came in contact with him. He will be deeply missed, but the memories of him will still teach, elevate, encourage and bring joy to all who knew him. There are no real words to adequately describe this man. He was and will always be one of the most beautiful people to have ever walked this earth. Sleep well CT.
Thank you again, Clark, for inviting me into your home during my trip to New York in the early ’90s. We sat in your kitchen and had good whiskey. I mixed Louisiana hot sauce with mine. You laughed. You have been my idol and “standard” ever since I played “at” jazz in my high school jazz band in Louisiana (1965). Your legacy will never be matched. Thank you, Zella and Gwen for allowing me to meet the GREAT CLARK TERRY. Chet Stevens Hercules, California
Clark Terry, the maestro, will be laid to rest this morning – His unwavering oppositional stance against racism and the creativity he brought to jazz education will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace!
The recent birthday salute in the hospital with Wynton and other musicians was quite moving and memorable. Peace be upon him.
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There are certain people who touched the lives of the world in a very special way. Clark is one of the globe’s most beloved men. He was a very unique and talented icon who made this old world a much better place. Knowing Clark was a great privilege and joy to us all. His friendship and our precious memories, we will always treasure. Unforgettable, his music, humility, and kindness will stay in our hearts forever. At 94, it was a complete and successful a life as a human being can aspire to. Thank you Clark for a wonderful gift you have bestowed on humanity. Our deepest gratitude. Elwood Flynn, Saskatoon SK. Canada
I hope someday to make it to where you’ve surely gone so I can finally meet you. The “CT” emblem on the Olds trumpet I found in a Montreal pawnshop in 1983 has reminded me of you every day but even before then I was telling myself, “that’s what I want to sound like if I can ever learn to play the trumpet.” Enjoy those jam sessions over there!
I had the pleasure of hearing Clark many times. During the 70’s. He played almost every Wednesday night at the Continental Restaurant in Fairfield, Connecticut. His playing and endless techniques where amazing. I am honored to be a member of the Buglers Hall of Fame along with Clarke.
Many years ago, I was telling my wife about a musician named Clark Terry and that he had created a kind of humorous language of his own that whose words and innuendo one could understand by where placed the emphasis and the sheer rhythm and cadence of the delivery.
Last year I told her of the documentary of his life that was showing in Silver Spring. When I said C Lark Terry; she said I don’t think I know him. Then I said Mumbles and she said, “Oh yeah, Mumbles. I know that guy.”
My mother Willie Grace Yancey(Nick name LuLu) was very good friends with your 2nd wife Pauline who died in 1979. I loved your music. May you rest in peace. P.S. Tell my mother and your 2nd wire Pauline I said Hello..
Clark Terry was a One of a kind. He was the finest jazz ambassador, and an absolute credit to his country, and his origins. His technical ability on his trumpet/flugelhorn was staggering, but was surpassed by humour and sheer invention as a musician. I only spoke with him once when he visited England in the early 70’s. He was a courteous and warm human being who had time for anyone, including casual acquaintances. The music world is a poorer place without him. God rest him and my condolences to his family and friends.
My condolences for the passing of a great musician and person who’s humanity was experienced by so many people over the course of a long and fruitful career. Thank you CT for the many gifts you gave all of us. On a personal note, thank you for letting me be a small part of your world on your many visits to the University of New Hampshire.
Rest in Peace – we’ll “Keep on Keepin’ On” for you down here.
I had the pleasure to meet you while I was a music student in Miami, FL.
It was at a Jazz concert which took place at a high school, and you were very friendly and warm when you exchanged greetings with me after the performance. The strength and warm feeling from shaking your hand still remains in my hand and this memory is very precious to me.
Thank you so much for your encouragement to all of us through your music and life.
As a young person, years ago, I got to know the brilliance of Clark Terry when he was a member of the Tonight Show Band. Thank goodness for technology which enables us to always hear his musical voice.
As a young boy growing up in Birmingham, my Aunt play music by this wonderful music maker. I would always say play it again. I would hear him in my self. The jazz world has lost a great one. May your music live for years to come.
Dear jazzmen and -woman. I send you my condolences. djb
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