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Kenton Clarke
02/27/2015 @ 8:47 am

I had the pleasure of hearing Clark many times. During the 70’s. He played almost every Wednesday night at the Continental Restaurant in Fairfield, Connecticut. His playing and endless techniques where amazing. I am honored to be a member of the Buglers Hall of Fame along with Clarke.

David H. Barrett
02/27/2015 @ 8:35 am

Many years ago, I was telling my wife about a musician named Clark Terry and that he had created a kind of humorous language of his own that whose words and innuendo one could understand by where placed the emphasis and the sheer rhythm and cadence of the delivery.

Last year I told her of the documentary of his life that was showing in Silver Spring. When I said C Lark Terry; she said I don’t think I know him. Then I said Mumbles and she said, “Oh yeah, Mumbles. I know that guy.”

Dennis Yancey Sr.
02/26/2015 @ 10:02 pm

My mother Willie Grace Yancey(Nick name LuLu) was very good friends with your 2nd wife Pauline who died in 1979. I loved your music. May you rest in peace. P.S. Tell my mother and your 2nd wire Pauline I said Hello..

Jonathan Yates
02/26/2015 @ 5:17 pm

Clark Terry was a One of a kind. He was the finest jazz ambassador, and an absolute credit to his country, and his origins. His technical ability on his trumpet/flugelhorn was staggering, but was surpassed by humour and sheer invention as a musician. I only spoke with him once when he visited England in the early 70’s. He was a courteous and warm human being who had time for anyone, including casual acquaintances. The music world is a poorer place without him. God rest him and my condolences to his family and friends.

My condolences for the passing of a great musician and person who’s humanity was experienced by so many people over the course of a long and fruitful career. Thank you CT for the many gifts you gave all of us. On a personal note, thank you for letting me be a small part of your world on your many visits to the University of New Hampshire.

Rest in Peace – we’ll “Keep on Keepin’ On” for you down here.

Hiroshi Yasuda
02/26/2015 @ 12:00 pm

Mr. Terry,
I had the pleasure to meet you while I was a music student in Miami, FL.
It was at a Jazz concert which took place at a high school, and you were very friendly and warm when you exchanged greetings with me after the performance. The strength and warm feeling from shaking your hand still remains in my hand and this memory is very precious to me.
Thank you so much for your encouragement to all of us through your music and life.
Hiroshi Yasuda

Dorothea M.Jones
02/26/2015 @ 11:20 am

As a young person, years ago, I got to know the brilliance of Clark Terry when he was a member of the Tonight Show Band. Thank goodness for technology which enables us to always hear his musical voice.

william merriweather
02/26/2015 @ 11:14 am

As a young boy growing up in Birmingham, my Aunt play music by this wonderful music maker. I would always say play it again. I would hear him in my self. The jazz world has lost a great one. May your music live for years to come.

David-John BERGER
02/26/2015 @ 10:51 am

Dear jazzmen and -woman. I send you my condolences. djb

Lady Renee Ward
02/26/2015 @ 9:21 am

Dear Gwen, family, & students, We send our sincere condolences to each of you! My family and I had the pleasure of meeting Clark through his documentary “Keep On Keepin On” in Silver Spring, Maryland! Alan Hicks and Justin Kauflin were special guest at the presentation and through their musical vision and Love for Clark they were able to make us feel as though we knew him personally! Thank you Gwen for sharing your husband, know that the seeds he planted in the Music World as well as the many young people that he mentored will continue to grow for years to come! Gwen we admire and honor the LOVE,Support and Devotion you gave your husband. We pray that you will find comfort in the “Love” and many wonderful memories the two of you shared for years to come! Renee Ward-Anderson & Family 2/26/2015

Vincenzo Vanni
02/26/2015 @ 6:14 am

I am writing for Vincenzo Vanni, one of the founders of Siena Jazz National Institute, who wanted to send his condolences to the family and to the music world for this bright light, as bright as the sun in summer in a Tuscan summer and as delicious as the wine and oil that flows from that beautiful land– but that CT had flowing in his horn and heart– and that will keep waking sleeping ears for eternity after.
Peace and ease to his friends’ and family’s own hearts at this time as well.
Vincenzo Vanni
and Gabrielle Islwyn, singer

our delight….for those many hours of pleasure you gave us…., thank you mister mumbles!

Eddie Vaughan
02/26/2015 @ 4:20 am

Such sad news…

Dear Clark. It was 25 years ago when we got in contact with you and we were deeply impressed about your unsophisticated and friendly kind to work with bunch of non-professional musicians. You shared our love to bigband-music and inspired us deeply.
We all love to remember the rehearsals and an unforgettable concert. You gave us a significant kick in our musical development and the warm feeling that you’ve been a part of our band for this few days. One of the greatest teachers we ever met because of his humor and his joy of playing.
As we all got again in contact with each other because of your passing we recognized that you have been and you will be always a part of our life.
In the name of all members of the band: “Rest in peace”
Bigband Brass Offering
Klaus Wahl, Germany

Andrew Muller
02/26/2015 @ 1:14 am

I love your music , your resistence to racism , your involvement in jazz education. I am very sad to hear of your passing, just keep on keeping on in the other life

T'Keyah Crystal Keymah
02/25/2015 @ 10:34 pm

I had the honor of meeting Mr. Terry years ago on the set of “Cosby.” He was so sweet and charming! I had no idea that Dr. Cosby’s friend “Mr. Terry” was Clark Terry, until I went home that weekend and played the CD I was wearing out at the time, “Music in the Garden.” May he rest proudly and in peace!

To the friends and family of Clark Terry my most heartfelt condolences. I always loved his playing, and it was a big influence on my own playing. I remember playing the European jazz festival circuit in 1989, and after our performances, I would always go catch “Clark Terry and his Spacemen” for some great playing and much appreciated happy vibes. Thanks for all the amazing music.

To the family and friends of Clark Terry—-Just read the news today about the passing of Clark Terry. I’ve been a fan for a very long time, and I’m sad to hear that this giant of music is now no longer with us. He was truly one of the greats of jazz, both as a musician and a human being, a musician’s musician, an inspiration to music lovers around the world, and a true legend.

Dave Smalley
02/25/2015 @ 6:07 pm

Jazz is a medium that evokes the life of every one that play, listens, feels, or equates. I have played and listened to and talked to a lot of musicians, known and unknown, and I have admired Clark for a great number of my seventy years. He along with Ray Brown, Dizzy and others inspired my following interpretation


Designed through experience and compassion,
delivered by force and drive
with love and affection.

Structured by thought and imagination
always tempered and colored
by feelings and emotion.

It exposes the soul while
caressing the mind.

is about life,
from the joy of beginning
to the celebration
of its passing.

is the soul of man
and the light
within its song.

“e” 1996

Dave Smalley/D.B.S. Writes Copyright 1996/2010 All rights reserved From my book “Simple Words, Simply Put”

Thank you Clark for giving me an insight to life that will live to my end.

Greta Herron
02/25/2015 @ 4:42 pm

We used to watch Clark on the Tonight Show when Johnny used to feature the band, then once we knew who he was, we would automatically sit down and watch any variety show he was in… Mumbles was my parents favorite number, and would leave Mom and Dad in stitches…