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Hi Clark, wishing you well from Vancouver. My ten month old son Mitchell shares your birthday on Dec 14th. Lately he’s been bopping around to Basie Jam 2! Thank you for you continuing inspiration and all the very best to you and your family. Jon Roper

Dear Clark,
Thanks to Alan Matheson I had the privilege of performing with you – in 2000 and in 2003 in Vancouver. What a thrill – a musical and personal inspirational experience I’ll not forget. I’m looking forward to reading your autobiography – and wish you well as you regain your strength. With best regards and wonderful memories,
Julia Nolan

Harold Zinno
10/10/2011 @ 8:07 am

Dear Clark, I have heard that you are not feeling well. I hope this note finds you better today and that you continue to improve. Best Wishes Harold

Hi CT,
Just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery to better health. From our first meeting some 4 decades ago when you asked me to oil your flugelhorn’s valves as you prepared to lead your wonderful Jolly Giants big band in front of NYC’s City Hall, I have been honored to know you and treasure our friendship. You have encouraged, supported and inspired me more than you’ll ever know. As Duke would say…I LOVE YOU MADLY!

Can’t wait to read the book, but in the meantime all best wishes and love for all the music and just for all you have done for all of us.

Erik Engholm
10/9/2011 @ 11:58 pm

Hello Clark,

I am a young musician just starting to find my own voice my own sound. You music has absolutely made a lasting impression on me as a trumpet player and a human being.

You are definitely one of THE greats. Thank you for the inspiration.

Congratulations, Clark to you and Gwen on the release of this wonderful book.
Your autobiography will fill a major gap in the literature of jazz history and that of American musical and social history. In your career, you have created so much beauty via your playing, compositions, leadership and teaching. You encompass all that is great about the jazz tradition as well as the creativity and imagination that makes jazz a living art form.
You are one of the few true originals in jazz and it is impossible to
overstate your influence as a performer, teacher, mentor, bandleader
and all-round human being. As Ellington would have said, you are “beyond category” and “soul on soul”. He would have counted you among the “great inimitables”-one of those musicians whose style and approach becomes a beacon and touchstone for all that follow. There are so many of us who would not be who we are as musicians and people without your musical and personal example, skill, love, wisdom and mentorship. God bless you and thank you from all of us for enriching our lives in every way.

Michael Miller
10/8/2011 @ 4:40 pm

Hello to you out there in Clarkansas!! Josh, Noah and I are avidly reading your wonderful life story, Clark…it’s so great to finally see it in print after all these years. We’re also sending you many smiles, much love and gobs of good wishes for a speedy recovery. You are an amazing inspiration in our lives, and we can’t wait to sit around eating warm toast with you, while listening to your wonderful music lessons and jokes!!

Lots of love to you and Gwen from afar…

Josh Shpak, Noah Shpak and Michael Miller

Dear Clark,

My Uncle Bill(BB), also a trumpet player, was a friend of yours. He told me that you told him about the best mouthpiece: PRACTICE!

May God bless you and yours always,

Valerie Bishop
10/1/2011 @ 3:31 pm

P.S. Forgot to say that I pray all the time for Clark and Gwen’s health and happiness. Also, I just received “the book” today and can’t wait to get into it! Yeah! xoxo

Valerie Bishop
10/1/2011 @ 3:18 pm

I’ve been loving Clark for over 50 years! The best in talent, humor and sweetness. and, of course, still a “looker”! And i’ll never forget that he helped introduce me to sushi and saki martinis in the ’60s!!

Kudos to Gwen for helping keep our guy on track!!

Kathleen D. Heyward
09/29/2011 @ 10:56 pm

i saw you on jazz master class and thought you were great! Glad to see your website i am going to bookmark it so i can come back.

Hi Clark!! You are my Man. I’ve seen you at Blues Alley in D.C. and in the open tent in Baltimore last summer. I’ve been a fan of many horn men starting with Harry James and all thru right up To Arturo. I’m sorry but for me you are the best.

I’ve been a Misc. engagement trumpet player all of my life. I’m 84 and still going strong even after two strokes.

I did go on the road right after High school with Lee Castle. He taught me well but when I got out of the Air Force the Big band business was starting to die. So I got a day job and did the Misc. Engagement thing.

I have many of your Disc’s and tapes.

Like i said!!! You are the best!!! Love ya MAN. Keep wailing!!!

Jack Dennis.AFofM Musician!!

This is a terrific website! Wishing you well!

I, along countless others, have been so fortunate to enjoy Clark’s musicianship and joyous personality over the years. Wishing you much joy, happiness and health!

What a wonderful website, loaded with great information!

Sandy Josephson
09/29/2011 @ 7:24 pm

Congratulations on your new website and on your new book!

Very nice website. Book is right on point. Congrats to you both. CT for getting it together and Gwen for writing.

Hi Clark and Gwen

I hope you like the new website. It’s been an honour to work on it for you.

Thank you for being such an inspiration these many years. You truly are the standard by which all us other trumpet players must measure ourselves. Needless to say, we almost all come up short!

Hello Clark
I love your new website