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Greetings today, C.T. & Gwen:
I was thinking “muchly” of you today as I finally returned to your autobiography and finished it. You may be Mr. Mumbles to many but you are Mr. Positivity to me.
I signed in a couple years ago to share both my parents’ and my own joy in your fantastic chops, career and life.
Although my dad remained the primo musician (a trumpet player, imagine that!) in our family, thanks to him, I have maintained my love of jazz in particular, throughout my life. By the way, he completed basic at Great Lakes but on “the other side” and said he could only get to hear the great jazzmen while on leave in Chicago. But he was well aware how great the experiment was! He later got to play his horn weekends in Boston for a Navy jazz band at a downtown hotel.
Nevertheless, it was an encounter with you that sealed the deal for me when you appeared with Kenny Barron, Larry Ridley & Roy Haynes at what was then Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey…a little dot on the map in your book!).
I may have mentioned it before but it was not only inspiring for the performance, but for your ability to just simply sit down after the set and chat, answer questions, demonstrate techniques, describe circular breathing and most of all tell great, humorous stories. Oh, that was the best! So down to earth and sharing of your time and talent. That was the first time I heard the phrase “keep on keeping on” and folks will tell you it’s been a favorite of mine.
I’m passing it on, too. My son is a rock musician who appreciates almost every genre you can think of but really respects what jazz musicians accomplish. I just played your “Spanish Rice” album with Chico O’Farril for him a couple days ago and YOU will really appreciate what he had to say: “Man, listen to what C.T. SAYS when he plays. He sings & vocalizes so totally. Man, what a joy, Dad”.
So, that about sums it up for me, too. What a joy.
Thank you sooooo much for being, sharing the knowledge, the positivity and spreading musical joy to every corner. You really are the best.
Sorry, but gotta go…listen to you on Duke’s “Perdido”!
All the best to you & Gwen.
Robb Stout, Cincinnati, OH!
I just wanted to wish you a great day!! I have been watching YouTube videos of you playing today, and I wanted you to know how much of an Inspiration that you continue to be. Thanks for all that you do, and for all that you have done for the world of Jazz…
Craig Grubbs – Jazz Xtreme Big Band
Dearest Clark and Gwen:
Thinking of you both today and sending my very best. You are cherished and loved by oh, so many!
Always, Cuzzy Mona
seen you a few times over the years, you ARE the master!!
Just checking in Mr. Terry and sending lots of love and best wishes your way. Just saw the movie trailer for “Keep on Keepin’ On”….CANNOT wait until I see it. God Bless!
HI CLARK I AM A DRUMMER FROM TUCSON ARIZONA PLAYED WITH DIFFRENT BANDS INCLUDING BRIAN BROMBERG AND SAM TAYLOR., OVER THE YEARS. JUST WANTED TO SAY SOME YEARS BACK I SAW YOU PLAY AT TUCSON HIGH SCHOOL. I AM A TRUE FAN!! LOVE YOUR MUSIC.WE AS MUSICIANS HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON THE PASSION FOR THE ART !!
I have just skimmed through this website. You and I have a friend in common–Mr. Smooth Irv Williams who will be 95 this Sunday and still playing just like you are…Amazing! Thanks so much for who you are and for sharing your talents with the world.
This is Nick the bass player from the William Paterson group with Hicks and Justin. I am just writing to say hello and I hope you are feeling well. I am so happy and excited for you guys about the film. I can’t wait to see it! I am forever grateful to you for all the time you spent teaching and playing with us. I miss those days! You are an inspiration!!!
Always keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!
Today, 8/5/14, I have found your home address in Arkansas on your website. Though it’s not a donation, a gift from Africa intended for you has been sent to me here in Texas by mistake (we share the same first & last names). So now I have an address to which to send on your gift, which I will do ASAP. I hope it finds you in tolerable health. Play on!
I’m 85 and followed you from early on. Till today. Grew up with Oscar Peterson jazz playing in Montreal. My two favorites of all-time are Duke Ellington and you. Thank you, thank you for your contribution to Jazz.
It has been marvelous !
Clark: My wife and I met you at Jazz at Jennings one summer at Peter Jennings home (which incidentally was a house that I built for Peter). We enjoyed the evening of jazz under the tent made all the more perfect with your playing.
Last night we went to see a showing of the “Keep On Moving On” documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival. A beautiful film and story of your life. We were so moved by your story and continued quest as a master mentor of musicians. You and Gwen are an inspiration! Sincerely, Jim Schwartz
Love you, Clark. We met at the Jazz Workshop in Boston in the 60s. We were a group of Boston Symphony musicians who are great fans of yours.
You are a great educator. Your music is timeless.
Just saw “keep on Keepin on” tonight at the Hamptons film festival followed by a discussion with the director, Al Hicks. Amazing, touching story! Mentoring young musicians because it’s the right thing to do and share your gift! God bless you and Gwen! I wish more people had your view of passing your gift on!
I’m an elementary school teacher and I do what I can to reach all students. Thank you again and may God watch over you both!
As a fellow St. Louisan, I’d just like to say I’m proud of the impact you’ve had on the world and on jazz music; I’m a fellow jazz musician myself and your music brings much joy to me. Thank you, thank you for your lifetime of amazing music.
Dear Mr Terry, I truly enjoy listening to your music for many years. I wish you all the best from Holland!
Dear Mr. Terry,
Yesterday was my birthday and one of my bestest of friends gave me a signed and framed photograph of you. The one where you’re wearing a very hip double breasted jacket and you’re holding a trumpet in one hand and a flugel in the other. I’m 60 and this has to be one of my favourite gifts ever.
May you keep on keepin’ on!
My mentor was Wayne Ruppenthal, who introduced me to your music in 1965. I worked for Jess Cole and Arch Martin when I was in high school. The last time I saw Rupe was on October 21, 1995 when you performed in KC. That was the day I buried my Dad. I found great comfort in your music and my friendship with Rupe. Although I am only an amateur trumpet player, I have been playing for 53 years. I listen to your music almost every day and take great solace from your spirit. God bless, Mike Szczygiel (Segal)
I was thinking about the time that we were hanging out after one of your clinics at the Clark Terry Jazz Festival in Pine Bluff. You needed to get out to the car, so Danny Loretz and I literally picked you up in your office chair and carried you down the stairs behind the University so that you could catch your ride. You commented on how you were being treated like a King. Anyway, I hope that You & Gwen are doing well… God Bless You!
With Love – Craig Grubbs – Trombone – Jazz Xtreme Big Band
Hi there, Mr. and Mrs. Terry! Hope you both are doing amazing! Just wanna say you have been inspiring for me in terms of playing the trumpet, Mr. Clark Terry. I also wanna say how happy I am for you to be alive in my generation right now and I wish the best of luck and health for you and your wife
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All the best,
Hans Bebop The Netherlands.
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