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I had the incredible pleasure of spontaneously dropping in at the Columns in Hyannis MA many years ago and to my surprise, pleasure and delight sat at a small round table next to Clark Terry and quartet. I will always remember his smile, his open friendliness, having him play his trumpet right in my ear during a beautiful ballad and realizing that “masters” of jazz and humanity live on the planet. My heart still warms and expands remembering that experience. Clark Rerry’s music, energy and love lives today. Generations to come are blessed with the legacy that remains.
I have been a fan of CT for many years and have many of his recordings. I wish I could have met him in person. May he continue jammin’ in heaven. RIP CT. ~iii<()
Mr. Clark Terry came to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and made a lifelong impact on students in the Department of Music as well as the entire University Family and the city of Pine Bluff. I will always cherish the Jazz Festivals that were facilitated through his leadership and in his honor. Sincere Thanks to Mr. Clark Terry for sharing his last years with us. Mr. Clark Terry will always be a part of my greatest Jazz memories.
My sincerest prayers, love and support are sent to Mrs. Gwen Terry, Georgette and their family. YOU are truly Loved and will remain in my Prayers with Praise.
Clark will be missed by so many. I did not have the pleasure of meeting him in person, but my world has been propped up to a better place because of his story. Thanks for sharing your story with so many like me. Blessings to Gwen.
Mr. Terry was a genius to the truest sense of the word. With any type of art–poetry, painting, sculpture, music—the highest, most pure form of talent is delivered with mathematical precision and blended with emotion and thought. That’s how I experienced Mr Terry’s music. His music fed my mind and spirit. What a gift he gave to the world. God bless him and his family. He will live on through his family, friends and music– as a true Legend does.
To a great legacy that I grew up with may god bless your family RIP in Paradise
I met Clark Terry once at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, The Netherlands. I was impressed by how nice he was to me, a person he didn’t know. No arrogance, just being himself. Great trumpetplayer, great human being!
Clark Terry’s work is fantastic, and it will always be.
I am sad but his music makes me happy. I can’t help it !!!
Clark Terry was not only one of the Jazz greats but he was a fantastic person. When I was in my early 20s I played in the Quinnipiac Jazz Ensemble That was led by Sonny Costanza We played 4 consents with Clark Terry and he played on our album that helped us go to Switzerland and play in the Montroux Jazz festival. We played on the green in New haven in front of a couple of thousand people and I played a solo and he High fived me it made all the hours in my practice room worth wile. Years later he came to New Haven and He remembered me and gave me a hug and posed for pictures with me in front of my son which I still have in my den. His last words to me were “Keep those chops cooken Man!” God bless you and your family Clark! I am sure you are giving the angel Gabriel lessons as we speak!
After a life time of listening to Clark Terry’s music, one feels as though he knew the great man personally. That might well be the case. I loved Clark Terry’s unmistakable sound and humour. Listening to this virtuoso trumpet player taught one that a musician’s personality can be imprinted in his playing. For the musicians out there this is an obvious fact, but for the listeners it might not be as obvious. It takes a special person on some instrument to illustrate it and Mr Terry did it in style and clarity in my ear. Thank you for that important lesson Mr Terry and for the beautiful music that you have so generously shared with the world. You are a great soul, from South Africa, may your soul rest in peace. Farewell thee well.
It is with a heavy & thankful heart that I say farewell to you dear friend & mentor, Clark Terry. Thank you for giving me my start & inviting me to join your big band touring through Europe. Thank you for allowing me to watch your acupuncture sessions as you let them heal your colon of cancer. Thank you for the late nights of stories about every great musician I could think of. Thank you for recommending me to sing for Dr Billy Taylor. Thank you for teaching my now husband how to shadow box in hotel room, insisting I breathe along. Thank you for teaching me to literally & figuratively “ALWAYS fill up with a full tank of gas” before playing or taking a trip. Thank you for introducing me to friends I will have for a lifetime. Thank you for refusing to take any credit for any success I’ve experienced, insisting, “Don’t thank me. You DID it!!”. Thank you for treating everyone with that same genuine, jovial, fiercely constructive, honest & encouraging spirit. Thank you for teaching me about resilience, letting go of pain and grudges, keeping a sense of humor, giving to the youth, giving my all to the music, going with the flow of life & taking no prisoners when necessary from the deepest place of love possible. Last but not least, thank you to Mrs. Gwen Terry for selflessly & graciously sharing her husband’s time & energy with so many of us…..When I spoke with you on your 94th birthday last month, you told me, “Crystal, now YOU have to be CT” ….. There is only one CT … And I am Thankful to say I knew him. Rest In Power… Until we meet again, I LOVE YOU….. CT2
A true “Genius”. I am fortunate to have met Clark in his latter years in Pine Bluff, AR. I am praying for the comfort that will be given to his family and friends. His legacy will live on. Gone but never forgotten.
Gwen ! We miss Clark already , Our close friendship will continue ,
Unfortunately without Clark but as always you know we are there for you. Over all the years ive always felt Clark as a brother of mine! He and you were always there for us, and me when our son had his stroke ! Even though i didnt play an instrument , my relationship with Clark and you transcended it and all i really ever wanted was you two to be as close as weve been in our lives! Most people didnt get to realize that beyond Clarks greatness as a master of the horns ! He was more of a giant as a person! Rite now Clark is playing to a bigger and better audience with all his life long friends who are not with us now! Clark , If you can read this now , remember the fun we all had over all the years! Your basement flooded with Short Stop sleeping in it ! The day you tried to open Louies lip balm ! The time you tried teaching me how to blow a horn (your pocket trumpet) We finally figured out my lips were small and narrow ! Those noises i found in that twisted metal were a bit , way ,way different than yours! Il never forget the trips to the Blue note together, The Village Vangard, etc. The photographers who asked who i was, As always you said your twin ! Excuse me ! Thats quite a stretch, we laughed are butts off , Oh Clark your missed already ! But as always ALL of you out there must make note! Behind every Great man is a GREAT woman! Gwen you are that woman ! Strong, sweet, Bright, gifted and BEAUTIFUL , Knowing you is like music in itself ! what a gift to have you in our lives! ALAN (MICKY MOUSE) MIHLSTIN and NORMA MIHLSTIN
Papa Bear rest in peace.A rare gem with a heart of gold.
Dear Gwen will never walk alone. The angels
..are watching night and day every step of the way.
No one touched the lives of musicians like the great Clark Terry! No one!!!
He will always be remembered as a mentor, to all who came in contact with him. He will be deeply missed, but the memories of him will still teach, elevate, encourage and bring joy to all who knew him. There are no real words to adequately describe this man. He was and will always be one of the most beautiful people to have ever walked this earth. Sleep well CT.
Thank you again, Clark, for inviting me into your home during my trip to New York in the early ’90s. We sat in your kitchen and had good whiskey. I mixed Louisiana hot sauce with mine. You laughed. You have been my idol and “standard” ever since I played “at” jazz in my high school jazz band in Louisiana (1965). Your legacy will never be matched. Thank you, Zella and Gwen for allowing me to meet the GREAT CLARK TERRY. Chet Stevens Hercules, California
Clark Terry, the maestro, will be laid to rest this morning – His unwavering oppositional stance against racism and the creativity he brought to jazz education will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace!
The recent birthday salute in the hospital with Wynton and other musicians was quite moving and memorable. Peace be upon him.
There are certain people who touched the lives of the world in a very special way. Clark is one of the globe’s most beloved men. He was a very unique and talented icon who made this old world a much better place. Knowing Clark was a great privilege and joy to us all. His friendship and our precious memories, we will always treasure. Unforgettable, his music, humility, and kindness will stay in our hearts forever. At 94, it was a complete and successful a life as a human being can aspire to. Thank you Clark for a wonderful gift you have bestowed on humanity. Our deepest gratitude. Elwood Flynn, Saskatoon SK. Canada
I hope someday to make it to where you’ve surely gone so I can finally meet you. The “CT” emblem on the Olds trumpet I found in a Montreal pawnshop in 1983 has reminded me of you every day but even before then I was telling myself, “that’s what I want to sound like if I can ever learn to play the trumpet.” Enjoy those jam sessions over there!
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