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Uncle Clark, we lost touch as time passed, but our love and memory of you never faded. I was unable to attend your services, but I will pay my respects privately.
Have a drink with dad when you get there.
Love to his survivors. Honor and respect to friends.

Many thanks to a great musician and person for the encouragement and the opportunity to play with the best! As a young musician,I got to play with the best…you bud! Thanks and God Bless…play em a little “Swiss Air” up there!

Darrell Wilder
04/27/2015 @ 9:39 pm

Your music transcends race, your message transcends time and your soul transcends greatness. If at first you don’t succeed, keep playing until you suck-a-seed. Your legacy will live on, I’m honored to know you without ever knowing you. Love you, baby.

I’m friends with Musician/Educator NOEL CARTER. He has played with a variety of Jazz innovators/Educators, such as thelate Earl May. You will be missed: Thank you!

olivia simons
04/25/2015 @ 3:32 pm

One word: LOVE!!!!!!! Simply love this man and his music!!!!!!! You gave us endless gifts of your passion!!!!!! Your music. Your music is A BLESSING to my life!!!!! ~peace, joy& blessings!!!?

God bless you brother.thank you for making my life a little sweeter you help so many people I hope you’re out of pain now someone like you doesn’t deserve to hurt as much as you did!I feel like I know you I love you thanks again!
from New Orleans David

Bill Saxonis
04/22/2015 @ 9:42 am

I would like to invite you all to listen my annual Duke Ellington Birthday radio show (Saturday, April 25). This year’s show is dedicated to CT. Thanks to the internet the program is available worldwide. Here are the details:

On Saturday April 25, 2015, from 8 AM to Noon (NY time), Ellington specialist Bill Saxonis will be a guest on Bill McCann’s “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” on WCDB (90.9-FM in Albany NY and the internet:

The show will commemorate Duke Ellington’s birthday with an eclectic collection of music, interviews, and conversation about his art, life, and times.

This year we celebrate the program’s 15th anniversary with highlights from earlier shows and a special tribute to the ebullient trumpet/flugelhorn virtuosos Clark Terry.

For the past fourteen years, listeners worldwide have made this program an annual tradition.

Mr. Al Adolph made a donation to support Monterey Jazz Festival’s youth jazz education program in memory of Mr. Clark Terry.

Mr. Terry was an exceptional man. I used to play the trumpet, and he was someone I followed. I knew someone who knew mr terry, and obtained his phone number. I called him on his birthday, just to say happy birthday. After he answered the phone, he asked “what do you want?” I told him I didn’t want to bother him, just wish him the best on his day. I went to hang up, and he said, “hold on”, and started up a conversation with me. Like I was some one special. Which I’m not. We talked not just for the twenty seconds I asked for, but for over an hour. It was a memory I’ll never forget. We talked several other times, all on his birthday. He was some one I’ll never forget.

Hi. First I must admit, that I only recently learned about Mr. Terry by watching his movie, Keep On Keeping On. I was so amazed by his talent, will to fight, and generosity of sharing his gift so well, that I immediately started learning more. I was saddened to see we lost CT to this world, but know his legacy will live on forever in those he has touched. I for one will share what I have learned from my introduction and deal with life’s challenges a little better based on his spirit. My thoughts and prayers to all affected with missing CT.

One of my earliest influences, Clark Terry always played like he was having such fun. A truly original player and singer. Gonna miss you, man!

i love your work Mr Terry god bless you and give you good health

To my godfather, my “second daddy”, to one of the most loving, joyful, loyal, people that has ever been in my life….miss you–hope you and James are playing duets somewhere wonderful, peaceful, and that you are together.
Annie aka your little dancing girl
think of you all the time…

You can’t listen to CT on “Satin Doll” and not get a tear in your eye. We will love you forever Clark Terry, beautiful person and American genius.

Terry’s Voice is one of the most original Jazz voices. I love his music, great site!

Anthony Stevens
03/10/2015 @ 8:56 am

To the family of Mr. Clark Terry,
May the Divine Creator bless you in this, your time of sorrow and loss. Live on with the pride of knowing that he touched the lives of so many people, myself included.

Mr. Clark Terry,
You have influenced GENERATIONS of musicians with your impeccable musicianship and indomitable spirit!! Thank you for making me laugh AND cry with your wonderful playing. Rest in peace, Great Spirit.

Jeff Roberson
03/6/2015 @ 9:16 pm

Your music and mentoring directly influenced a generation. By creating music that will stand the test of time, you will affect the lives of generations to come.

Leandro C. Maranan
03/6/2015 @ 8:31 am

I am one of the millions of people that was touched by the great Master, Clark Terry ! I can never forget when he attended my piano recital……….was really honored by the Master’s presence. A million Thanks ! He will always be my heart and prayers, Gwen

Daniel Trock
03/5/2015 @ 7:06 pm

I have listened to his music for over 40 years. A beautiful musician and a true gentleman. He will be missed.

Andrew Campbell
03/5/2015 @ 3:22 am

A marvelous innings Mr Terry bringing joy and giving inspiration . I knew your music before I knew your name . Now I often say ” That’s Clark Terry “.

Something that is special in Clark’s discography is on the recording CARNAVALS with Dave Pike playing compositions of Joao Donato . Clark’s playing is just lovely and like I think so much of his earlier music , quite timeless .

This old world , bewildered as it is these days is nevertheless better for the life and legacy of Clark Terry .