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I’m writing to you hoping your wife Gwen read to you my message… Every day I pry for you and for your healt and I’m happy to know of progress of your healt after your last problems. Every day I remember our recording sessions in 1996 and 1998 and our concerts together in Italy and last but not least our meeting in Milan at Blue Note in january 2005…. You have been a great techer for me. Teacher in music, teacher in life… My most important example on stage and out from it. God bless you everyday, my dear Clark !!
Dario Cellamaro – Italy
Dear Clark and Gwen,
It’s truly incredible how you continue to enrich the lives of countless people all over the globe. No doubt Big Prez is thrilled. Your energy runs through me every day and I’m so thankful that my parents understood the power of your message enough to share it with me.
Zoe and I love you very much and think about you all the time. We were just talking today about how we never saw Rich Matteson any happier than when he was on stage playing with you at the University of North Florida. His grin was truly from ear to ear!
You were so great to me at Emporia (kicked my tail to get me to mean what I played on “Just Squeeze Me” then invited me to hang with you and Moody…what a thrill!) and you treated my parents like old friends. They still talk about how special you made them feel. You convinced Zoe to overcome her fear and play her first improvised solo on “Potato Head Blues” and treated her beautifully while she shuttled you around Jacksonville. At the ITG in Richmond, you made me share your sandwich (since you knew I hadn’t eaten) and you made me feel really special when you had me try all those exhibit horns behind closed doors for YOU! You were right about that amazing echo cornet… I wish I had been able to buy it!
We miss being around you and hope to come see you soon. We pray for all your dreams and desires to come true. You deserve it!
Best wishes and all our love to you and Gwen,
Mike and Zoe Johnston
Mr. Terry – It’s great to read of your progress on the blog. Hearing about people like Quincy Jones and Snoop Dogg dropping by are great. I’m reading your bio, and I think I read 3 or 4 times over the section where you and Doc Severinsen meet – right here in Portland, OR where I live! Blew my mind.
Hello Mr.Terry, I remember you always made time to take photos with me and give me some knowledge about playing trumpet. Your humor,wisdom and about all your beautiful sound has always inspired me. GOD bless you always.
Hello to Mr. Terry from pianist Lenore Raphael and myself. I had read everything I could get my hands on, purchase recently re-released CD’s to add to my CT collection, and recently bought your biography. An avid exercise bike rider (40 minutes a day) I took the book to read while on the bike every day. Read it the first day, couldn’t put it down and finished it that day. From all of us that are grateful, I hope you are having a better day if not good.
Just wanted to pop in and let you know that you’re always in my thoughts and prayers. What an inspiration you’ve been to me!
Blessings Galore to you and Gwen.
Mr. Terry, Your music is so inspirational and enjoyable. I became a fan after I recieved your More album from a family member years ago and haven’t stopped listening. So much heart and soul. Thank you for your playing for all of us for so many years and I hope you are well and know how much you are loved by so many.
Your huge foot-print is growing in South Africa. Warmest regards.
Hey Big Chief,
I just wanted to send a GIGANTIC HUG laced with HEARTFELT love and gratitude ’cause not only did you make me a better musician,but through your words of wisdom,encouragement,advice and joyful humor you truly made me a better MAN!!!!!
You are…and always will be… MY “BIG PREZ”
Hello Dear Clark & Gwen:
Greatly enjoyed your hard-hitting, no holds barred book with
sprinklings of humor.
From depressing poverty and a will and determination to succeed, you have become a Super Star in this tough world
Since the first time I met you 47 years ago, you have been
my favourit trumpet/flugelhorn player.
Your beautiful tone, (MELIFLOUS on the Flg. Horn), even dynamics in all registers, well conceived and superbly
executed solos are the hallmarks of C.T – and you shine out like a brilliant star.
Since the writing of the book, I hope you have been able to locate your friend Shitty.
With loads of warm wishes and love to you and Gwen,
just writing to let you know that reading your book and even seeing the trailer of the documentary “keep on keepin’ on “made me cry and reinforced my beliefs in music one more time, as had happened a lot before by hearing you play. It’s like you say, practice practice practice. Thank you for sharing your soul through your music, and, because of that, a part of you can be felt throughout the entire world. That connection is life at its core.
Lots of love and admiration from Brazil!
Glad to hear you’re well enough to be back home again. Keep on keepin’ on!
thank you and Big Prez for this wonderful news from the last blog. I was so thrilled to hear about you, Clark, recording again. The project with Quincy Jones is fantastic! I can’t await to hear the entire album with Snoop Dogg, Justin Kauflin and all the other cats. And to hear you on your horn again on the recording with Terri Lyne Carrington. WOW! Keep on keepin’ on forever!
With all my love and admiration
from the south of Munich/Germany
Brightest Blessings to you, mighty master! I met you when I was young and you were hanging with Mdm. Zajj in Mdm. Zajj’s dream. Thank you so much for that very special time in the history of the planet, and all that blossomed from it!
Hey REBO!! How are you? I met with the Gipple-Glau and he told me to check in with you – your website has kept me well informed. God Bless You as you go through one trial after another. You are one remarkable man Clark and it is a wondrous thing to see how many people all over the world love you and think about you and play your music. Today so many are “Legends in their own mind”. You on the other hand are a “True Legend in your own time”.
Hope your health continues to hold in there. My Dad is 90 and I know it is really a daily challenge. Thank God you are surrounded by loving,caring people. A Big HI to Gwen – a true miracle worker. All of her efforts on your behalf have been magnificent and successful.
I read about your projects with Quincy and Snoop Dog; and with Teri Lynn’s recording. Outrageous – GO REEB GO!!!
I have completed my 2nd opera – THE INTERLOPERS based on a short story by SAKI and hope to record it in December so I can preview it for performance . . . still freelancing . . . taught 14 Jazz Master Classes for BagOfJazz – an agency out of Philadelphia that we did the interview for together back in NJ in 2005(?). My class on you always gets a great response from the students – your music, your words, resonate with them. Over and over, students come up to me to say that you were the most memorable and influential jazz master that we studied in the classes.
I was listening to you the other night and
the Gipple-Glau met the Hone-A-Scone in the Fah…Fah…Firple…………..Ha!!!!
You are the greatest, CT! This will be all for now. I will try to call sometime and catch you on the phone. Until then, God Bless You and Watch over You! You are a daily inspiration and a joy to all of us.
LOVE YOUR PAL,
REBO (grog) Greg B
At this moment I’m playing Ray Bryant: Lonesome Traveler from the year 1966. But hey, who’s that flugelhorn that blows all those bubbling notes into the air? Him again? Of course it is: maestro CT, the one and only…
I’m told you appeared on over 900 recordings. Man, I can’t even start to imagine it. You have brought so much joy and great music to this world!
I make a deep bow for you and after that I’d like to give you a big hug, if you allow me.
Wish you well / Joris (Amsterdam)
Over the past couple of months, I’ve really enjoyed hearing from you about all the buzz going down on Beech Street! And it was finally great to see it all in writing! The collaborative album with Snoop Dogg and the original rapper, Clark Terry, could perhaps be titled,”Teaching a New Dogg Old Tricks”!
May the music, the merriment and, of course, the love, continue to blossom forever…! And we (Josh and Noah Shpak and myself) are sooooooo looking forward to spending a week with you starting August 22nd!
Sending oodles (and, of course, “doodles”) of love…
Hi Clark and Gwen,
I hope you are both doing well at this point in time. Clark, you have amazed me since I was a little girl in the 1950s and you and my Dad, Jimmy Nottingham, performed all over NYC and beyond. You continue to amaze me! Your positive vibes and generous spirit always made you a special man and you always made me feel special because you and Dad were in the Navy together. Now those vibes and that spirit have been a blessing to battling your health problems (along with your expert medical team). Your biggest blessing is Gwen! It’s comforting for me to know that she is in your life and uniquely “the one” for you. What a team! Be well, my “Godfather Cee Tee”. I love you so much! Hugs to you and Gwen! xoxo Joanne Nottingham
just wanted to let both of you know that i continue to think of you and send strong healing prayers your way even though i might not be writing that often. sending warm hugs and kisses as well. xoxo
Your wonderful musicianship means so much to me. You are a true hero of music!
That’s all I have to say. I’m thinking of you here in the UK and sending you my best and warmest wishes.
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
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