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Keep on, Keepin’ on, Clark — the world loves you and your music! I feel very blessed to have you and Gwen in my life. Love, Dawn

Get well Mr.Terry, The Jazz World needs you

Dear Clark and Gwen, I have had the pleasure of hearing you, Clark Terry, live at the “Jazz Hall Club” in Santa Barbara,CA.,and I think it was in 1996. Perhaps you remember the little storefront club off of State Street which was run by Ridah Omri. I was the sketch artist there. I hope you recover from your illness and discomfort, completely and soon! Sincerely, Suzanne Cerny

Clark your beautiful melodic playing inspired me to look for more melody in my own playing.You are a special musician.I wish you a speedy recovery and every happiness.peace and joy Paul

Hi Clark — for myself and on behalf of the 345 members world-wide of the Jazz Journalists Association, I want to wish you the best for your comfort and joy, towards your birthday and the new year — returning just a little of the pleasure you’ve given everybody and continue to. Thanks for all of your great music (and your autobiography, too) — Howard Mandel

Greetings Mr. Terry,
I would be remissed not sign your guestbook.
You are my first music inspiration.
When I first started playing trumpet,
my band director and trumpet teacher
(Vernon “Freck” Nashville, Soldan High, St. Louis, MO).
told me to first and foremost listen to everything
Clark Terry. I started out listening to
you with the Gerry Mulligan big band and
never looked back. I’m now a 65 year old
successful trumpet player. I’m very proud
to be a born and bred St. Louis trumpet player,
following in your footsteps.
Thank you for being my beacon of light.
All good things,
Baikida Carroll
never looked back.

YOU HAVE BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO SO MANY JUST BY THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE LIVED TO BE 91 YRS OF AGE WHEN SOO MANY OF THOSE WHO WERE YOUR CONTEMPORIERS HAVE GONE ON BEFORE YOU. THIS DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE TREMENDOUS TALENT YOU HAVE ALLOWED TO AUGMENT AND ENHANCE THE NATIONAL ART FORM KNOWN AS ‘AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC’.
FROM YOUR TUTORING OF A YOUNG MILES DAVIS WHEN YOU PLAYED ST LOUIS TO THE DEVELOPEMENT OF YOUR OWN SWINGING ‘BLUES STYLE.
WE WISH YOU THE BEST IN YOUR MANY FUTURE ENDEAVORS AS WE KNOW YOU WILL ALWAYS BE AMONG US WHETHER YOU’RE PLAYING ‘OUR MUSIC’ OR HUMMING A NEW TUNE.
SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET BACK TO PHILLY.

BE WELL,

A R T BROWN

Mr. Terry,

Here’s wishing you a HAPPY 91st BIRTHDAY, well wishes and blessings! I continue to be inspired by your legacy of music and by your humanity. From “Mumbles”(did you know that my 8-yr old son loves that song? He is always trying to improvise like that–he plans to start trumpet next year); to all of the gifts of music that you have shared with us… I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Prayers of healing and love,
Renee Collins Georges – Wash DC


Richard Meyer
12/9/2011 @ 3:35 pm

Keeping you in my thoughts, Mr. Terry. Wishing a speedy recovery and a very happy 91st birthday.

Clark, You changed my musical life in 1976 when you did a clinic and concert with my college big band at ASU. Later I had the incredible pleasure of playing bass with you again just a few years ago when you did a concert with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
You have always been a beacon of inspiration and hope to more people than you could ever know.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Cleo Silvers
12/9/2011 @ 3:32 pm

Hang in there Hank! Mr. Terry Thank you for you amazing contributions to American Culture and to my life and the lives of so many around the world. Best regards, from a long-time Jazz fan.

Hi Clark!

Wishing a wonderful birthday and many more! Thank you for the many years of great, timeless jazz music.


William Hurtt
12/9/2011 @ 3:31 pm

Dear Clark,
I’m a bit of an “old timer” too and and know what age can do to our bodies. That said it can’t do anything to our spirit and minds. jazz is important in this world and great players like yourself are treasures. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this bump in the road. As we once said in the ’60s “Keep on truckin’”


Jeff McMIllin
12/9/2011 @ 3:31 pm

Wishing you the best Clark. You are an inspiration to all who love Jazz.

Happy Birthday & Speedy Recovery Clark!
You changed my life as a young college student. I was this green kid from Montana and you gave me a scholarship to be at your camp in Iowa. I didn’t know the difference between blues and rhythm changes, but you saw my drive and desire. Thank you for all you do for our jazz family. You put me on the right path and got me fired up to make this music my life.
God bless you as you have blessed us!
Kristin Korb

Dear Clark Terry, you have given me and countless others the gift of music for so many years. Listening to your recordings, and seeing you perform live, is always an uplifting and inspiring experience. You have recorded so many memorable albums, but “Big Bad Band Live at the Wichita Festival 1974″ and “The Happy Horns of Clark Terry” are two of my all time favorite jazz recordings. I never tire of listening to those. Peace, and be well.

Gid Gay “MUMBLES”…. I have ALL your recordings and DVD’s and just think you’re the greatest, I hope you have a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY…
AND MANY MORE!!!
You are such an inspiration to us mere mortals…
Mick Power
Brisbane Australia

Dear Clark: I think of you at our Oscar Peterson tribute at Carnegie Hall singing and performing with the great Marian McPartland at the piano. What a night…people went crazy when you left the stage throwing kisses to the public. !
Get well soon, Pat


Marty Sheller
12/9/2011 @ 3:24 pm

Hello Clark,
You’ve been an inspiration to me for many years. I played the trumpet solo on Mongo Santamaria’s recording of “Watermelon Man” and was elated to have played next to you on a Dave Pike session many years ago. You had just returned from a vacation, had not played in a few weeks, and apologized to me before we began for not being in shape. Then the session began and you played your ass off!
All the best to you Clark.
Marty Sheller

You never would have made it onto Noah’s Ark, Clark Terry is one of a kind. We’re all looking forward to your next concert. Get well soon.

Peace,

Gordon Polatnick