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I wanted to just drop by again to say hello and continue to wish good things you, Gwen, and your friends and family’s way. Beyond being a national treasure, artist, and teacher… You’re such a splendid and compassionate man. Even now, you continue to teach and mentor others. You are cherished and loved by so many and help us be better people for it. It’s cats like you that keep the glue of humanity together. I continue to embrace this because of men like you that have set the example for us to follow. It doesn’t matter what line of work you’re in, or what religion or what you believe in… It’s our duty to love and care for others. You have more than accomplished that goal my friend! Love you and thanks for allowing me to continue to think of you so fondly. Eddy C.
I only met you once, at Kansas State University around 1980-1982. Your music and your caring personality in teaching have brought joy to many people. Thanks for your dedication to young people and jazz education. I played the video of you doing Mumbles from the Legends of Jazz for my 7/8th graders today. They were a little bewildered at first but started laughing at your ability to tell a story with your inflections and facial expressions. I laughed just as hard as I did the first time I heard you perform it. God Bless You!!!
I have fond memories of having lunch with you at my uncle, Keith Ecker’s home in Elkhart, IN many years ago. At the time, he was with Selmer. It was in the summer of either 1961 or 62 as I can best tell. I know it was summer because Keith grilled ribeye steaks outside on an early hibachi.
Unfortunately, I do not play anymore, but I have a huge appetite for music, particularly bebop trumpet. I spend a great deal of time listening to your music as well as work by Dizzy Gillespie, Don Goldie, Miles Davis, Red Rodney, and the Candoli brothers, amongst others. I have recently come to realize just how good you are and am in the process of acquiring as much of your material as I can find on vinyl. You very well may be the best jazz trumpeter of all times. Sachmo and Miles had greater popular appeal, but that doesn’t mean they were the best.
The picture you inscribed for me, has survived three marriages and probably 50 over the the past fifty some years and still hangs over my stereo equipment cabinet in my Boca Raton, FL home. I hope that adequately conveys your importance to me.
With love and peace,
I just broke up with my girlfriend and am feeling sad. I put on your CD with Bob Brookmeyer and it is soothing me and helping me get through this hard time. Thank you for all the beautiful music you have given to the world.
Brothers in Music!
Mr. Terry, My name is Meredith, and I recently saw the documentary “Keep on Keepin’ on” at the Boulder Film Festival. Wow! What an inspiration you are — An incredible story of an amazing musician and his student. I was overcome with emotion watching the film, and it reminded me to pull my violin out a little more often. God Bless You, and thank you for everything you do for the music community.
Best Regards, Meredith (Boulder, CO)
Hi Clark! We so enjoyed meeting you and getting our picture taken with you after a concert you played in Farmington, MO on St. Patrick’s Day, 1995. We loved your performance! You are a kind hearted, talented man! Thank you for sharing your talent and love of music with us all of these years.
Mike and Susan
Thanks for your decades of amazing music, Mr. Terry… and for your sense of humor! :DD.
Mil gracias por todo lo que ha hecho por la música y los músicos!
God Bless you and your wonderful music. I truly enjoy listening.
Hi Clark! I thought you might like to listen to something from way, way back. It’s the Freeport (Long Island) High School Prom that you played with Daddy and others in 1962.
I was 13 then! Where does the time go? I trust you are hangin’ in there like the Mr. Smooth you’ve always been. Happy Anniversary (a little early) to you and Gwen!! Love, Joanne
Dear Mr. Terry,
Thanking you for all the many decades of fabulous music, the light and joy you have brought into this world. I had the honor of meeting you several times in my youth, when my uncle, Paul Gonsalves was playing with Duke Ellington. The Antibes Jazz Festival (1964, the Rainbow Room and many other venues. Wonderful moments of indelible music. Thank you.
Thank you very much for your wonderful music all those years!!
It`s a great inspiration for all who love jazz.
You are an example!
Hi Maestro Terry
Finally I´ve got a beautiful flugel (cortouis 154R). Now I practise hard everyday with Your sound as my goal. Thanks for everyday inspiration!
Hope all is well. You were on my mind and I just wanted to touch basis with you. I finished my 12th and final piece in the Lane stippled orchestra. The conductor’s hands entitled, “One Conductor’s Spirit”, took 7 years to complete and consisted of approximately 12-13 million hand drawn dots! Like you said, I’m a Stipplin fool!
Much love to you, Gwen, Gary and Georgette.
Kyle, Sherree and the boys.
Hi to CT and lovely Gwen,
Just a note to say HI and best wishes from a very long time fan.
You inspired me as a young sax player in high school in the early ’70s when you adjudicated a stage band festival we were competing in. We played “What Kind of Fool Am I” a la Count Basie’s “April In Paris”. We did the “One More Time” repeat and finished it out and when we were finished you shouted out from the back of the auditorium; “One More Once!” and off we went with the ending again. Then you came up on stage and were just wonderful with your smiling, kind and encouraging words…teaching all the while. I’m sure you don’t remember, but all of us will never forget. All these years later I remember it just like it was yesterday.
There is nobody like you, CT. You are one of a kind…the finest kind!! Keep doing what you do, man. You are solid gold. Toot that tooter, or poot that pooter, or do whatever you want to do! It’s all good. I love you, man. You are an inspiration. I’ve played a lot of music thanks to your example. Stay strong. You’re never out of the fight.
bonne et heureuse année mr et mde terry
merci pour votre musique je vous écoute depuis tout petit au travers de vos disques et à chaque fois que vous veniez à paris au petit opportun à la villa au new morning et bien d’autres endroits bravo et encore merci
Clark Terry, I had the privilege to meet you years ago in Dallas when I was working with your charming and lovely wife on the STAR Foundation. It was one of my life thrills, you so cool and easy! God Bless you and Gwen. You are a national treasure and you are married to an angel. With love and friendship, Derek Bates
Clark – Do you remember singing the scat with Wes Montgomery in Europe? I have been hooked on you ever since.
Thanks for sharing your amazing trumpet & flugelhorn playing with me and countless others who have heard your work through recordings and live performances. There aren’t enough superlatives to offer about your warm tone, flawless execution of ideas, and exquisite musical taste. You are a gift.
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