Clark Terry (December 14, 1920 – February 21, 2015) was an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee.
He played with Charlie Barnet (1947), Count Basie (1948–1951), Duke Ellington (1951–1959), Quincy Jones (1960) and Oscar Peterson (1964-1996). He was also with The Tonight Show Band from 1962-1972. Terry’s career in jazz spanned more than seventy years during which he became one of the most recorded jazz musicians ever, appearing on over 900 recordings. Terry also mentored many musicians including Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and Terri Lyne Carrington among thousands of others.
Clarke Terry and an All Star Band
Aretha Franklin & Guests, performing Clark Terry’s “MUMBLES”. Musicians include: Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Russell Malone, Ron Carter, Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, James Carter
I had the very good fortune to meet and spend some quality time with Mr. Terry during my early years at UNI when he performed with Mr. Jim Coffin’s jazz band on our campus. The thing I remember most was Clark knew how to have a good time after the concert and we all gathered for some liquid refreshments at Jim Coffin’s home. Those were great times. Thank you Clark and thank you Jim.