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I met you once, but I regret that it was before I had heard any of your music. We even shook hands, and I remember thinking you were a nice man.
I now look for your name when I go to cd stores, and I have fallen in love with your music and your style. You are an infinitely better trumpet player and singer than I will ever be.
I was searching for a way to send you a thank you note while listening to “Portraits”, and came across this page, so I guess this will do. If you have a mailing address, I’d love to send you a card, though. You mean a lot to me as a morally upstanding performer and educator, and the next time we meet, I am going to give you a big hug. Thanks for all that you do!



Gabriel Hofer
12/3/2011 @ 5:16 am

I can’t listen to your horn without tearing! You Something-or-Other Blankety-Blank! I wish I had half your heart!

Michael ("Migueligans") Miller
11/29/2011 @ 1:39 pm

This is my prayer…

May all the miracles that brought Clark into the lives of so many in this world now come together and bring Clark back to health!

We’re all cheering for you, Clark, and sending oodles (and doodles) of love…


I had the honor of backing you up on trombone while playing with the Evergreen High School jazz ensemble under the direction of Bob Montgomery in, I think, late 1972. I have since migrated to piano, but I’m still playing (here in Arizona) and have pointed out many times to many musicians the inspiration you freely gave me. I shall be forever indebted to not only the best trumpet/flugelhorn player, but a good and decent man with whom I shared many laughs at a small cajun restaurant in (of all places) Glenwood Springs, CO. somewhere in the 80’s. Thank you, sir.

Sebastiaan de Krom
11/23/2011 @ 8:27 pm

Dear Mr. Clark Terry,

I had the pleasure of playing drums with you in 1997 as part of the Thelonious Monk Institute Program which was in Boston at that time. What an incredible inspiration you were then, still are and always will be for me and many, many other musicians throughout the whole world. I’ll never forget the warmth, enthusiasm and fun you showed to us, truly awesome!!! You made me realize that music is most of all about love. I would like to wish you all the best and a speedy recovery. The world needs you and I really hope to hear (and see) the sounds of Mr. Mumbles very soon again. Thank you so much for all you gave to us.

Dear Mr. Clark Terry,

I recall back when I was 5 years old and the first jazz trumpeter I ever listened to was you on KCSM. I was hooked and soon started trumpet just a year later when I was 6. I’ve been happily playing for 9 years since then.

Playing trumpet has gotten to me to some extraordinary places and to meet and play with some extraordinary people. One of who which is Michael Miller who later helped me get into the JazzSchool Studio Band where I’d be playing with Josh Shpak.

Now I write to the most extraordinary jazz trumpeter of all time to say: Thank you for being an inspiration to me! I don’t know where I’d be today if I never listened to you all those years ago.

I pray for you to get better day by day so you can continue to grace this Earth with your wonderful music! Just last month, Arturo Sandoval did a performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco and played “Bye Bye Blackbird” and had the audience sing the lyrics as a little tribute to you.

Once again, best wishes to you for a fast and full recovery! Thanks for all you have done, for me, and for the world.

-Scott Bell

Michael "Migueligans" Miller
11/23/2011 @ 8:03 am

Dear Clark,

I loved hearing your voice last night just prior to reading another page in your book. Although Josh and Noah voraciously gobbled up your autobiography in a matter of a few days, I have purposely restricted myself to reading just one page per night (and sometimes re-reading pages I’ve already read), because I don’t want it to ever end!

You, and the magnificent contributions you’ve brought to this world, continue to grace the lives of billions, Clark, and we are just so very glad that you’re in the best of hands and getting better & better every day.

You will be pleased to know that your love and masterful musical input into Josh’s life has majorly (and minorly, and every chord in-between) contributed to him receiving the news yesterday that he is the one & only 2012 National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts YoungARTS jazz trumpet winner!

Thank you, Clark, for EVERYTHING, and we look forward to seeing you soon…

Sending much love your way,

Michael, with Noah & Josh Shpak

I finished Clarks book and now I’m sad. Sad b/c it’s over and there’s no more to read. What a joy to see him as he progressed through life. What a journey! And the lessons in the book are not just about life. It’s about lifes disappointments,racism and the ability to learn from them and not be destroyed by them. Wow!!!!!!! Thanks Clark for such an inspiring book. I have a feeling God loves jazz as much as you do! Keep on keepin’ on!

George Pettigrew
11/22/2011 @ 8:58 pm

Hey Papa,

Congratulations to you and Gwen on the book. Hangin’ with you two at home in Jersey, Arkansas, KC and on the road I know you are a master story teller. At last all your stories are together revealing the life of a great American Jazz Master and music educator.

I will forever be thankful for your kindness and generosity to me and my family.

We love you “Papa”.

George, Dana, Chonte and Terry

Rachel Bailey
11/22/2011 @ 8:03 am

Dear Mr. Terry,

We met about seven years ago while you were living in NJ. I drove you into NYC for a couple of gigs. I even stayed at your home. I think of you often and listen to your music almost every day. I see how blessed you are to have so many friends and family around you! It shows what a good soul you are 🙂

I am praying for your speedy and complete recovery.


Nick Morrison
11/20/2011 @ 1:09 am

Hi Clark. It is encouraging to hear from these updates that you seem to be getting better. I will be praying that you heal and get to go home as soon as possible. Your spirit is inspiring! I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with you at William Paterson. Keep on Keepin On!


Yo Clark,

Glad to get reports that you are doing a lot better. THAT is the BEST NEWS IN THE WORLD!!! Michael and Josh and Nick Mondello keep me in the loop pretty well. BTW, I LOVED the bit with Dianne Reeves on your blog page. She is so cool…and you ain’t bad yerself!!

Get back on yer feet, my man! Bobby (Thanks for sending the book)

Dear Clark,

I and thousands like me are indebted to you for the music and inspiration that you have given through the years. I started listening to you after Slam Stewart came to my 7th grade class in 1971 and introduced us to jazz. He talked about the music and the players to check out. Needless to say I have a lot of your recordings that all of my students at Ball State University can check out!
Thank you so much!
Mark Buselli

Cee Tee: I’m totally loving the book! It’s just like sitting down with you and listening to you tell your stories–I can almost see your smile and hear your laugh.
Gwen, you’re an angel. Love to you both…

Mr. Terry, You have been one of my heroes for decades. I teach band in the public school system. I also have been a trumpet player all my life. I have copied (stolen) so many of your licks that I feel as though I have taken lessons from you! I am thinking of you today and I will play one of my jazz videos for my class that features you. You are one of the best humans on the planet! Thank you, John Gronberg.

Hello and good day Mr. Terry,
Wishing you improvement in your health, day by day. As one of the hundreds of thousands of ‘cats’ out there in the trumpet world, I would like to say thank you for your decades of truly divine jazz inspirations. The way your music flows from your soul has touched myself and others deeply. Many prayers are being said on your behalf, and my wish for you is that “Out of Nowhere” may you just suddenly get better !
Dean Taylor

Dear Clark,

I was deeply saddened to hear of your health troubles, keep on fighting! Keeping in mind I’m just one of thousands you’ve touched as a person and a player, I’ll just say that your joy for music and your voice on trumpet has been as large an influence for me as any player or musician. Your playing will be in my ear forever, and I thank you for all of the wonderful music you’ve created! Hope to see you in great health and spirits soon!

Benny Benack III

Bill Brislin
11/9/2011 @ 8:52 pm

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I have listened to your work for as long as I have been listening to jazz and love your distinctive style. When I have jazz on the radio I can always tell one of your solos by your style. Get well.

Hey Clark, We are thinking about you and hoping you find comfort and recovery soon just as your music has brought us extreme comfort and enjoyment over the years. All the best to you Maestro.

John Baumchen
11/9/2011 @ 7:54 pm

I am sorry to hear you not feeling well. You music has inspired me off and on since I was in about 5th grade. My house was filled with Jazz,Blues,Funk,Mo-Town,DixeLand and so forth. I hope this message finds you in good spirits knowing that so many people got so much pleasure and much needed lift at times from you music. Most men are lucky if their family remembers them 1-2 generations after they have gone from this earth. You on the other hand are part of the fabric of history as it relates to music in America. So even when you do leave this earth know that you will be remember by millions and as they leave this earth their students and kids and grandchildren will also remember you thus generation after generation anyone that is into the music that is American and brass especially trumpet will remember you.You will effectively live on for ever and that Sir is not something to be taken lightly!!! Thanks for your music!