Rifftides reader Ted Hodgetts writes from Ontario, Canada, with a reminder that Clark Terry’s prolonged, 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