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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
For Clark. From my website (BBC) Play 1 week.
Click bij Clark Terry on my website.
All the best,
Hans Bebop The Netherlands.
Hi Gwen and Clark.
You won’t know me but I have admired Mr Terry’s trumpet playing for many years, particularly the Flugel Horn playing. I had the great pleasure to hear Mr. Terry live at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh many years ago and it fulfilled a wish to hear a trumpet player I have admired for many years. All the great musicians whether they be players or composers, or both, express something special when they play or compose. Mr. Terry ranks with the most special in this respect and will never be forgotten. Thank you for the great music , improvised and composed, and thank God, sorry, Big Prez, for giving us Clark Terry. We all need roll models who inspire us. Your incredible devotion to teaching young people and the trials and tribulations with health show us how we should all behave.
Carlo (Trumpet player)
Dear Gwen and Clark,
I’m Dario, italian jazz drummer who recorded with Clark in Italy on 1996 and 1998 after playing with him in some italian jazz festivals.
Now I’m writing both of you to tell you my next new CD about. It is a personal gift to Clark from me and my quintet. A CD recorded “LIVE” last March 28, 2014 in which I called Stjepko Gut to play all Clark’s tunes. We played TEE PEE TIME – TOP & BOTTOM – BUCKS BUSINESS – ARGENTIA – BRUSHES & BRASS – SIMPLE WALTZ … … The CD will be available next July and both me and Stjepko love to send a copy to Clark to listen to it. Please, Gwen, I ask you the best way to send you this wonderful gift for Clark who I love very very much.
Love both of you from … …
Dario – Italy
Hi Gwen and Clark,
Thank you so much for your amazing spirit, talent, warmth, swing etc etc. I just saw “Keep on Keepin’ On” at the Tribeca Film Fest. I’ve never laughed and cried so much at a film before.
I’m a NYC jazz pianist and grew up listening to Mr. Terry. Wore out so many CT records. How could I not?!!!
You’re spirit and unsurpassed musicality and humanity continue to inspire me everyday.
Thank you – Thank you – Thank you!
I think the thing I’m feeling is unabashed and unending love!!!
Words fail. I’m gonna shed now!
Hi Gwen and Clark, I went to the film premier of “Keep on Keepin’ On” last night. It’s hard to put into words how much it did for me. I am a musician in NYC and I went to the movie with a bunch of my musician friends (who are old college friend’s of Alan Hicks.) I want to thank you the inspiration, Mr. Clark. Your message reached down inside me, set me straight and reminded me why I make music. I cannot thank you enough for what you do for the love music and for everyone’s soul. It’s pure, it’s real and I heard it! With Love, Sarah
Good Morning Gwen!
I am the PA from the LR Airport that assisted you to your vehicle last night in the beautiful rain!
After work I went to your website as your friend had suggested and let me say Mr. Clark’s music is fantastic! Both of my sons played the horn and were in the high school jazz bands growing up here in North Little Rock. This is were I acquired a love for jazz…and growing up my father was an avid jazz lover as well and we were forced to listen to jazz from Memphis to Baldwyn many a time. Can’t wait to see your movie!
It was a pleasure meeting you and your lovely friends last night.
Peace and Love!
Hi Clark and Gwen. It was so good to talk to both of you. Clark you sounded the best I have heard in quite a while. You are amazing and such an inspiration. As I told you in our phone conversation, I am just trying to follow in your footsteps and travel and work with young people and perform as long as I possibly can. You are the epitome of your motto: “Keep on, Keepin’ ON!”
Dears Clark & Gwen,
Never have I been so moved by a movie as I was while seeing “Keep On Keepin’ On” last night at the Tribeca Film Festival. What an absolutely incredible loving tribute to all the absolutely incredible love and joy you’ve both so generously given this world!
Onward and upward, for sure!
THANK YOU !
Mr. Clark I have been thinking about you lately and I hope you are doing well…I was listening today to my Clark after Dark album and words can not say enough about this album it is simply superb and your playing is just amazing, the way you make your instrument speak. You Sir are a diamond, a precious jewel with no equal. Wow, thank you for this album and your music!
Just wanted to tell you how much I’m looking forward to seeing you on the big-screen on April 19th at the Tribeca Film Festival! It must feel awesome to you to know that the film about your life – “Keep on Keepin’ On” – is finally making its debut! As you know, New York City is not my favorite place…but, for you, Clark, I will be there — especially since, in my mind, I’ve renamed it “New York CT”!
Sending you oodles (and doodles) of love,
I’m a (sadly now ex-) trumpet player from the UK who’s long been a great admirer of you and your playing. I’m very sorry to learn that you’re not well these days but also glad (and not really surprised) that underneath that frailty you still have a vitality and zest for life which would put some people half your age to shame!
I was playing at a jazz festival many years ago and came across a CD for sale called ‘The Power of Positive Swinging’. I had no idea who you were at the time but this was during a period when my tastes were starting to change from my traditional roots in jazz to appreciate more mainstream sounds, and the blurb on the CD sleeve seemed to chime with what I was trying to learn in terms of embracing a more modern style of jazz. Needless to say, I was hooked on my first listen to it.
There are thousands of amazing world-class jazz musicians out there but to me there are very few who have a sound and style which can truly be described as unique and instantly recognisable, and yours is definitely one of them. Back in the days when I was still playing I often tried to emulate other players whom I admired in order to improve my own playing. This I could do to some extent but I could never, ever get even close trying to sound like Clark Terry, primarily because I never had your amazing technique but also because I just couldn’t get that ‘sound’; that amazingly lyrical phrasing and sometimes soulful tone. I gave up on this pretty quickly and had to be content with ‘just’ sitting back and listening to a master at work.
Something else I’ve always loved about your playing is the humour which comes shining through by way of cheeky quotes here and there, and also that listening to you play just makes me smile – it makes me happy.
I had the great pleasure of seeing you play at The Royal Albert Hall in London when you were already in your early 80s and though you were helped onto the stage and to your seat, once you were settled and started playing I was absolutely astounded that you still sounded as you had 30-odd years previously, and the joyfulness which came through your music was as palpable as ever.
I know I’m not alone in my admiration, and it’s very gratifying to see that you still have visitors and still find the energy to pass on your experience and wisdom to those who are starting out on their own jazz journeys.
God bless you, Clark, and thank you for the pleasure you have given me, and my you enjoy many more years of being ‘an old fart’.
Antony Cox, London UK
Dear Clark and Gwen,
I just woke up thinking about you two. I’ll be playing for you today. Keep on keepin’ on! We love you madly!!
Just checking in with Mr. Terry…and hoping this finds him well. God Bless!
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