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Dear Gwen and Clark,
THANK YOU!!!!! I loved meeting you both and every minute of our trip to your home!!!! I so loved watching and hearing the boys throughout all those late night sessions! Absolutely amazing! Clark is the sweetest, nicest, most amazing person! And, Gwen, you are too!!! I’m blessed to have met my dear friend and mentor (even for me and Chase), Michael Miller and his mentees Josh and Noah. They have helped lead me to you! Chase, more than anything, said his trip with you was the most memorable and best thing he has done this summer!!! Love you much!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo
Love and lots of hugs! Cindy and Chase Morrin
What a beautiful visit we just had with two very beautiful people. Clark & Gwen, thank you so very much for, once again, welcoming us into your home and sharing your love, laughter and amazing wisdom. Clark, your nearly-all-night, every-night lessons with Josh, Noah and Chase were like nothing else anyone else on this earth could ever provide. You are a one-of-a-kind gem who we are so hugely fortunate to know and love. Thank you again, Gwen & Clark, for EVERYTHING!
Much love from The California Trio…
Josh Shpak, Noah Shpak & Michael Miller
Just sending you an early-morning extra-large dose of a whole lotta yabba-dabba-doodling love!
The “California Trio” is so looking forward to seeing you and Gwen this week!!!
Michael, Josh & Noah
Dear Clark, I am a Clarinet and Sax player but you are my all time FAVOURITE trumpet man – like Oscar Peterson you just seem to have developed a limitless technique that enables you to play anything that comes into your head and even on a slow ballad but in particular on up-tempo tunes you give off so much feeling of joy and happiness.
One of my favourite tunes of yours is “Chuckles” that you recorded on an Oscar Pettiford LP that I have since bought on CD. And now I have just received my copy of TerryTunes and am thrilled to see it is included.
I was living in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1975 and Russ and Gina Garcia [whom I had befriended whilst sailing in the Pacific] took me down to Auckland for a concert with Wild Bill Davidson, Bobby Hackett and your good self – Russ introduced me to you after the concert and I haven’t washed my right hand since shaking hands with you – I would like to think my playing is the better for it!!?? Clark I know you are not in the best of health but you can rest easy in the knowledge that you have brought so much joy to so many of us with your music and your charm, I wish you peace and love.
Now I’m off to try some “doodle tonguing” !!
Mike McKeon, Melbourne Australia.
Keep on Keepin’ on! I am really excited about the Terry Tunes Book, and I can’t wait to get mine. I am always so amazed every time I read the guestbook on your page. To see that you impacted so many people the same way you impacted me. I met you several times at your CT jazz camp in le mars Iowa in the 90’s and you were not only an amzing performer but the best teacher I have ever seen. You inpire all around you! The time you spent talking to those kids changed lives! I try to pass those lessons I learned and passion for jazz education on to my students now. What a great place the world would be if each student could have an influence like you in their life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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
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