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Mr Terry,My wife and have you in our prayers. I have been a fan of your since I started playing trumpet in 1953. I had the greatest joy signing your student JOSH SHPAK as an Endorsed Artist with my company CAROLBRASS – USA. When I first heard Josh playing licks at the CBDA Show two years, I could not believe what I was hearing, I had to ask Josh who is your teacher; for I knew and heard that wonderful sound and phrasing before. You have done a wonderful job teaching Josh and I’m sure many other fine trumpet players. Mike Miller sent me your book a short time ago, and it is a prized addition to my Clark Terry collection. Thank You for all you have given us trumpet players. God Bless You my Friend. Sincerely Doug Teeter CAROLBRASS – USA

Mr. Terry,
I’ve been copying you since the early 1970’s and still steal…errrrr…borrow your licks from time to time. I’ve never had anyone to fascinate me with a trumpet as much as you.
I remember when I first started playing in public back in the 1970’s. Occasionally I’d do a good show and would feel a bit full of myself.
The next day I’d put on one of your albums and when I would hear you, I knew how far I had to go to be myself. That bravado feeling from the night before quickly went away.
Well, now I have my own voice and I have you to thank for helping me find myself on the horn. There’s a saying about great people that goes something like this:
“Some people are touched by the finger of God.”
Mr. Terry, if greatness is being touched by the finger of God, then I think it’s safe to say that God slapped you repetedly. Thank you and God bless you for being someone I wanted to learn from.

Hi, Clark –

I just listened to the extraordinary audio clip of Diane singing your song, “But Beautiful” from the hospital. Do you have any idea how many people are pulling for you? Each of the seeds you’ve planted throughout your career are now multiplying and touching thousands more. Your music is one of THE VERY BEST medicines and musical therapy that anyone could hope for. All I have to do is put on an album, play an mp3 or visit your website.

Looking forward to talking with you soon. Thanks for your inspirational spirit!



Matt Richards
11/8/2011 @ 6:02 pm

Dear Clark,

You’re such an inspiration to me. When I talked to you on the phone it was like a dream come true to me. For the past month or so I have been reading your autobiography. It’s amazing that u started from an old “junkyard” trumpet and became a jazz legend. I have still have a loads of questions to ask, so I hope that we can talk on the phone again.

Best Wishes!

Matt Richards

P.S. My whole family loves “Mumbles”. My dad says it’s like you’re telling a story!

Dear Clark,
It was so nice to talk to you earlier this year, and I’m glad to know that you had a visit from Esperanza. You have been such an inspiration to so many of us, starting 40 years ago for me. In fact, our high school jazz combo got together last month for the first time in 40 years, and you were remembered fondly by all of our group. It would be impossible to count all of the young people who have been inspired by you and touched by your encouragement over the many decades. My son is one, who was a young trumpet player practicing the Clarke studies when he met you backstage at Monterey Jazz Festival, and you were buzzing the exercise with just your lips. Needless to say, he was speechless, and so honored to meet you. I also wanted you to know I love to play the recording you did with Diane Reeves for my jazz history class at the SF Conservatory…I play Sarah Vaughan’s version of I Hadn’t Anyone ‘Til You, and then follow it with the one you did with Diane. It is always a hit with the students to hear Mumbles!
Take good care, and know there is a big world of people who have learned so much from you, both in terms of the musical example, but also the paying it forward that you have done in such a big way. We all send healing thoughts to you, and hope you’ll be home soon.
Mary Fettig

Hi Clark,

I played lead trumpet at the 1973 Monterey Jazz Festival in the California All Star High School Jazz Band. When you came out on stage and began to play as our guest artist – you were fantastic. We were so lucky to have a legend performing with us. Your virtuosity, style, and sensitivity to the music showed us right there what true jazz playing is all about. I just wanted to thank you for so many wonderful memories that I carry with me each day.

Take care!


Michael "Migueligans" Miller
11/6/2011 @ 8:42 am

Dear Clark…

The audio clip that Gwen posted on your blog of you and Dianne Reeves talking and singing together is so wonderful and sweet, but beautiful most of all!!

Next time, maybe Dianne will sing “Autumn Reeves” with you before she has to reeve on a jet plane. And when you’re out of that hospital, maybe you and Dianne could do a concert together, so that your shared musical talents can REEVErberate throughout CLARKANSAS!!

Happy healing ahead, Clark Terry!

Love more,


Cameron MacManus
11/5/2011 @ 9:47 am

Greetings from the city of Envigado, Colombia! Hey Clark, hope all is well with you. I´ve been having a great time on my trip to Colombia. EAFIT University has a beautiful campus in the middle of the city. One different aspect of the city down here is that there are rural aspects thrown in. One lot will have a large business center, and the next lot some cows. There are even chickens wandering around the campus. So far, I´ve taught a class in jazz composition, a trombone lesson, and played in a couple of jam sessions. Talk to you soon, and keep on keepin´on.

– Cinnamon

Deidra Ellington
11/2/2011 @ 8:31 am

Hi Uncle John and Aunt Gwen,

I am so happy I made the trip from GA to AR to visit you guys. It felt good seeing him in high spirits and talking as much as he was. GOD is good all the time amd I know our next visit will be with you in the comforts of your own home; that way you cantruly interact with your young “Doctor” Peyton-my 3 yr old- who was giving orders to everyone to give you juice. She’s still asking for you as well as the twins- Daigon and Daivaugn- I tell them to keep praying-Jody also sends her love and blessings-WE LOVE YOU- continue to get stronger-see you soon- Love alsways Deidra Ellington

Hey, C.T. –

I’m enjoying my galley copy — yet another great work to give us a bird’s eye view on what it’s like to walk in Clark Terry’s shoes!

On behalf of thousands of fans across the globe, thank you for the unforgettable memories. You and Gwen bring me joy over and over again. What a testament to educators you both are!!!

Soooo pleased to hear your health is improving. Our world is better because YOU exist in it. I’m keeping you and the family in my heart and prayers 24/7.

It’s a privilege to know you, work with you, and call you friend.

Sending hugs, peace, and blessings to my “homey.”

Much Love & Respect,


P.S. Glad to hear about you giving a Skype lesson. 🙂
P.S.S. When you feel better, let’s go visit your star on the “Walk of Fame” along Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis.

Soooo happy to hear that Clark is getting “well-er”, and I look forward to visiting all of y’all soon. Clark, we’ll continue praying for you and sending you get-well-wishes. You’re a true inspiration!! Much love to everyone in Pine Bluff 🙂

Gary E. Foster
10/31/2011 @ 3:36 pm

I hope you’re feeling better soon Clark! Happy Halloween & keep swingin’

Gary E. Foster

Hey Uncle John,
Glad that you are doing better. Happy that you and Terri Lynn got a chance to hang out. You have friends, family and fans praying for you and you know that prayer is a very, very powerful thing. You promised that we would celebrate our b-days together, well December is right around the corner. Looking forward to you going home. Get well soon. Larry and I will be there in December. Luv ya unk, Patsy

Michael "Migueligans" Miller
10/30/2011 @ 11:41 am

With all the healing time you’re PUDDING in at the hospital, Clark, you’ll surely be home soon, racing to get to the drumset before Terri Lyne does!

You and Terri Lyne have both been so wonderful to Josh, so it was just beautiful to know that the two of you were finally able to have such a special reunion.

May the good times keep on keepin’ on, Clark, and we look forward to seeing you merrily buzzing back at home soon! You could play that Gershwin tune…you know the one….”Pudding On The Ritz”!

Sending a toasterful of love,


Clark; We love you dearly…This world is a better place with you in it…and especially with you in good health…So glad to hear of you improvment, we all need for you to get back home so I can call and get you to fine tune my “Doodle Tongueing”. Believe me the cats I’m gigging with want this as bad as I…lol.
Lot of love and get better soon…BTW love the book…I think it will become required reading before cats are aloud to play b9’s on Dom. 7th chords…If not the Bop Police will have to write them a citation for groovin’ without a licence…:)
All the best.

Uncle Clark!

I have heard about your health condition and I am praying that The Almighty will pull you through this one, he has done it before and will do it all over again by His mercy…I wish I could have been there with you right now and if my thoughts and prayers could have been your company now your hospitalroom would have been full of them! May God bless you and the family! Big love from Sweden…

Clark Gilliam a.k.a. Bubin

Valerie Takacs
10/29/2011 @ 7:38 pm

Hi Clark,
I am loving your autobiography so much, I just had to tell you about it. It’s keeping me up way past my bedtime at night, but I don’t even care if I nod away at work the next day. We are so lucky that you decided to share yourself as well as your music with all of your fans.
You are in my daily thoughts and prayers, and I am sure the Good Lord is watching over you with tender loving care.
God bless you and Gwen,
Valerie Takacs

Scott Earley
10/28/2011 @ 7:46 pm

Hi Mr. Terry

I wanted to ask if you knew Manny Albam, he was a brilliant arranger who also taught at Glassboro College in NJ. You may have even played there at a festival.

I listened to “Mumbles” on your website earlier, that’s such a great chart! I really hope you’re feeling better and make a complete recovery down in Arkansas (not Anchorage.)

God bless you.

James Buddy BOLDEN
10/28/2011 @ 4:23 pm

Hello Clark, was thinking about and decided to call. Didn’t know you were in the hospital. Hope you get well soon. You have been a big influence and inspiration on me. Your belief in my abilities has been the thing th.
at has kept me going all of these years. Thank you for your support. Get well we all need you. Love Buddy BOLDEN.

Teri Terry Renty
10/27/2011 @ 9:31 pm

We Looooooove You So Much Clark and Gwen too!!!
Can’t wait to see you very soon, just made the reservations for the trip so I can come give you a big old kiss.
Your a real fighter and we continue to trust and thank God for His guidance and presence with you constantly.
Teri,& CET(Charles Elisha Terry)