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Clark, my dad (a Chicago musician himself) made me aware of you from the time I was alive. I became of fan of your’s immdeiately. Through the years we had occasion to meet each other, through mutual friends. Your gracious kindnesses, each and every time I have been in your presence, continues to inspire and awe me at the same time. I am holding the most peaceful thoughts of you I can conjur, as I write this.
Thank you for your magnificent life.
I forgot to mention that my mom is 102 years of age and still going strong and living on her own……..
so you got plenty more in you.
I don’t know where to start to write because I think we have been friends since the late forties. I think I will start by reminding you about when we were together on one of the panels on the Jazz Cruises And somebody in the audience would ask me about Terry Pollard And I said that I told Terry that if she would have married me she would have been Terry Gibbs. Then you would jump in and say “that if she married you that she would be Terry Terry.”
I don’t want to forget to wish you a very Happy Birthday and keep up that great Clark Terry attitude
Now before I write a book let me close by telling you that I love you and hope that better days are coming.
Dear Mr. Terry, I’m sad to hear that you’re health isn’t the best it can be. I’ve been a fan of yours for 40 of my 55 years. The first time I heard your fantastic playing was on a date for dinner at my then girlfriend’s house in NH. Her parents had your record of Oscar Peterson Trio plus One. I used to ask them to play that every time I went there. I’ve been hooked ever since. I wish you a speedy and full recovery, a wonderful birthday, and a merry holiday season.
Mr. Clark Terry Sir
Thank you. You are a teacher and an inspiration to all…and on many many levels.
May your spirit, mind, and body, heal and keep on…
Please keep blowing that horn Clark!
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,
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.
A R T BROWN
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
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.
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.
Wishing a wonderful birthday and many more! Thank you for the many years of great, timeless jazz music.
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’”
Wishing you the best Clark. You are an inspiration to all who love Jazz.
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