Sunday, February 22, 2015

Clark Terry - Jazz Trumpeter Dies

December 14, 1920 – February 21, 2015

 Clark Terry was born on December 14, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was known by many for his work on The Tonight Show. Clark Terry’s career in jazz spans more than seventy years. He was a world-class trumpeter, flugelhornist, educator, composer, writer, trumpet/flugelhorn designer, teacher and NEA Jazz Master. He has performed for eight U.S. Presidents, and was a Jazz Ambassador for State Department tours in the Middle East and Africa. More than fifty jazz festivals have featured him at sea and on land in all seven continents. Many have been named in his honor. He is one of the most recorded musicians in the history of jazz, with more than nine-hundred recordings. Clark Terry was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1994.  On February 21, 2015, Clark Terry died surrounded by his family, students and friends.

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