Book: Clark Terry

Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry (UC Press)

The great trumpeter, flugelhornist and mumbler writes with joy about the good times in his long life and with frankness about the rough patches. His humor and generous spirit are intact whether he is telling of his love for Basie and Ellington, his triumphs as a performer, his legions of friends, or encounters with racists and bottom feeders in and out of the jazz world. Terry’s ear, eye and memory for detail provide insights into not only his remarkable career but also the trajectory and development of jazz as an art form and a social force during his many decades in music.

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  1. Charlton Price says

    Not every remarkable person comes up with a remarkable book. But this vividly told story of Clark Terry’s life in and beyond music is truly extraordinary. It’s full of insight and wisdom, generous, humorous — just like CT. Gwen Terry, Mrs. Clark, apparently asked the right questions about many of his various troubles and triumphs — making sure he would tell how things came about as they did, and why. Together the Terrys have captured a uniquely valuable story that celebrates a rich life, generously lived. Look at forglowing reviews of the book, and, in the website’s Guestbook, messages from hundreds of his musical and other friends, colleagues, students. This outpouring of affection and thanks shows why Clark Terry is such a valuable mentor and inspiration to thousands, worldwide..