Clark Terry Still Needs Help

Rifftides reader Ted Hodgetts writes from Ontario, Canada, with a reminder that Clark Terry’s clark terry white capprolonged, expensive, illness continues. CT’s medical bills are accumulating at an accelerating rate. The Jazz Foundation of America set up a special fund to help with, among other things, the substantial cost of aides who give care. The health workers make it possible for him to remain at home, where he continues to support and advise developing young musicians. For details about his situation and how to help, see CT’s website. Don’t miss his illustrated blog entries about visits from prominent colleagues and aspiring jazz artists. As you browse, you’ll be treated to an audio montage of Clark Terry solos.

If you need a reminder of the joy and power he pours into his music, here he is in 2000 with his quintet at the Jazzwoche Burghausen in Germany. You may never hear a hipper arrangement of “Over The Rainbow.”

Clark Terry, flugelhorn; Dave Glasser, alto saxophone; Don Friedman, piano; Marcus McLaurine, bass; Sylvia Cuenca, drums

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  1. Charlton Price says

    Clark is still building his legacy — as a consummately gifted musician you can hear forever in his recordings, as an inspiring teacher, and as a great soul. In the cliché that shouldn’t be used often but which really fits in this case: “a credit to his race — the human race.” Keeping him going as much as we can through the Jazz Foundation isn’t charity — it’s a worthwhile — I think essential — investment.

    • Dick Unsworth says

      My dear buddy Charlton Price has has talked to me about Clark Terry for years. Now I know again—by listening to “Over the Rainbow. A note to CP from Oons (Price from Unsworth) Tell me more about where the Jazz Foundation can build the help he needs.

  2. Valerie Bishop says

    thank you for posting, Doug. it has been my distinct privilege to contribute to the funds for Clark. i’m going to continue to try to contribute whenever I can. I can’t think of anyone who has contributed to our beloved jazz more than Clark. and thank goodness, he has an angel of a wife by his side. Gwen, we love and appreciate you too!!

  3. says

    Clark is still smiling about his visit last weekend with Alan Matheson. Alan said, “Listening to Clark’s priceless jazz history stories and taking lessons from him were worth the ordeal of flying from Vancouver to Seattle to Portland to Dallas to Little Rock, and then riding in the car from the LR airport to Pine Bluff with the same itinerary going back. Etienne Charles and two of his students drove here from Michigan. Noah Hocker and six other Temple University students drove here for “lessons from a master.”

    The list of students who come to study with Clark is astounding; Justin Kauflin, Josh Shpak, and many, many others. Ben Seacrist spent the month of July here. None of this would have been possible if Clark were in a nursing home. It’s a blessing to watch him teach on the phone, from his wheelchair until his back hurts, or from his bed where he spends an average of 20 hours @ day. We are f-o-r-e-v-e-r grateful to Clark’s friends who are helping us to take care of him here at home, through the grace of God! Clark has named the Jazz Foundation of America his “Angels on Earth!” From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate your gifts of love and life for Clark. We love you, and God bless you!