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one of the greatest music i’ve ever heard
greetings from poland!

You have touched many people with your gift. God be with you. Thank you for touching my life with your beautiful soulful sounds.
Don Glasrud
Guitarist local 547

Mr. Terry! Keep on keepin’ on! All the trumpet players in Nanaimo, BC Canada love you and are sending you good vibes.
Greg Bush

Steve Foster
05/31/2012 @ 4:33 pm


Thank you for being my musical friend for all these years. Your trumpet sound is etched in my daily quest to be the best musician I can be. As you said to me in a clinic in Cinci in ’76, “Steve, keep paying your dues.” I’m a member in good standing and each day is an musical adventure. Thanks for being there in sound for me.

With Love,
Steve Foster, Columbus, Ohio

wish you all the best and a good recovery , greetings from Holland

Jeroen Ransijn
05/30/2012 @ 6:12 am

One of the great jazzcats, such an inspiration of smooth, humor and enjoyement of the music: thats what its all about! thnx mr clark, hope you get better real fast.

Greetz from Holland

Michael Miller
05/27/2012 @ 10:44 am

Throughout the 5 days that Josh Shpak and I were just at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild conference, I cannot remember one clinic, master class, concert or event of any kind where the name, Clark Terry, wasn’t brought up with such reverence. Clark, even when you’re in the comfort of your own home, you’re still on the road and in the hearts of so many around the world. Thank God for YOU, Clark!

Love lots,

Michael Miller

scott robinson
05/26/2012 @ 4:33 pm

The whole world loves Clark Terry. Thank you Clark for your gracious spirit and your astonishingly beautiful music. Hard to say which is more inspirational. You’re just a marvel of our age, or any age… the greatest. Lots of love from your friend Scott.

Thanks for all your great music & best wishes to you
looking forward to reading your book

Paula Morris
05/17/2012 @ 3:22 am

Good morning. It is 4:00am and I am watching on NYC Life. Clark Terry is giving a master class to some students. Terrific! Now they are playing, “Now Is The Time.” He is giving them pointers on emphasis and other playing techniques. These students are fortunate to be sitting at the feet of this master. Clark is swinging. Love you.

Mark Dougall
05/16/2012 @ 2:20 pm

Hello Clark,
I am sorry to read of your recent health problems. I first became aware of your fantastic playing through your excellent section work and many featured solos with the Duke. Ever since then you have been my favourite all round trumpeter. Your technique and tone make you one of the very few immediately recognisable musicicians on your chosen instrument. I particularly love the ringing tone that you achieve on the flugelhorn. You always appear such a joyful person in concert and achieve such a beautiful tone. As the Duke said ‘a man’s sound is his total personality’.
Best wishes

Rachel Orchard
05/14/2012 @ 11:13 pm

Hello Clark.
My dad played with you in 1974 at the Melbourne jazz festival. He had always said it was the best moment of his musical career. When your biography becomes available in Australia I will be buying a copy for my dad to read.

Hello Clark

I remember the night you played in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,showing off your new Elwood Flynn suit and playing great. It is a night I will never forget.

Thank you

Hey, Clark

I’m sorry to hear about your health – it’s those ‘Golden Years’ as you mentioned on stage in NYC during an IAJE convention, that just suck! You brought the house down w/that one.
I can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to me when I was a young trumpet player in Syracuse, NY to be able to talk w/such a great artist and get the chance to drive you back to the airport one very snowing evening. We stopped at a convenience store to buy gas and clear the windshield. You went in and bought us all some beer and snacks plus paid for the gas. We heard stories about your dog and jazz greats during the trip. It must have been 4am by the time we got to your hotel. Before I left you said, “man, play all of those places you can’t afford to go and you’ll do fine.” That’s been the best lesson I’ve every had. Thanks, Clark.

Your friend,
Mark Ellis

I just wanted to thank you one more time for all of your encouragement during the formative years of my playing.
You are truly a national treasure and a very special human being.
I hope that you are not in too much pain man and I’m sorry that a man who has given so much of himself to the Jazz world and, for that matter, the world in general has had to suffer to such a great extent. I am still working to get over a debilitating illness myself and I truly understand the challenges that it presents.
Your examples of courage and positiveness are truly inspirational to me as I too attempt to recover from my challenges.
I wish you all the best and pray to God daily for your recovery and relief from the pain and suffering you are now being such a shining example to us all of how to handle in a brave and positive manner.
I Love You Man and I am so grateful to have had someone like you to influence and encourage me in my younger days as a player.
All the best and Godspeed your recovery.
Big Jim Henry

Jonathan Han
05/9/2012 @ 10:18 pm

Mr. Terry,

Thank you so much for your contributions to music and dedicating your life to music and most importantly to loving and serving others. May God bless you abundantly. You are an inspiration!

Gabe Villani
05/8/2012 @ 8:00 am


You have been on of my heros all my life. Musicians like you made me want to be a musician from the age of 8. I have had a good run and thoughout it all I kept you and other heros like Duke and Count on the top of my list as the greatest. Get well.


Mr. Terry,
I’ve been a lifelong fan of your music. Thank you for your amazing gift to music. Be well.

Dear Mr. Clark. I was introduced to your music not too long ago by a tv-show our national broadcasting company YLE presented: It was you with Oscar Peterson Trio in Helsinki 1965. I was mesmerized immediately. I am sorry to hear about your health problems. It’s good to know you are feeling better now. Anyhow you seem like the kind of person who doesn’t give up, or let set-backs let you down.

I am 28 years old, and last fall I started to take trumpet lessons. I have now played little over six months, and I can reach double G. I know there is still a long way to go, but I absolutely love playing the horn. I refuse to think that I am too old to learn, so I practise every day. Right now I am learning “Summertime”. Oh and did I mention my teacher – an amazing player – is a beautiful girl around my age?

Well Mr. Clark, I want to thank you for sharing us your beautiful music, and I will definitely check your biography in the near future. I wish you all the best from Finland.

Just heard from our friend Wilmer Wise that you just had some major surgery.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends.
Your friends here in the NW wish you all the very best!
Thanks for sharing so many years of your beautiful music.
Gig Harbor wa.