What an absolutely appropriate song title for this legend of a trumpet player and fluglehorn pioneer who just died last month on Feb. 21 at the age of 94.
Of course my first taste of Mr. Terry came watching the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the infamous segment of Stump The Band. It would be Clark who most of the time made up a song that a member of the audience would come up with.
He was one of the very first black musicians to be part of a staff holding a position on a TV network (NBC-TV’s in-house corps of musicians). Started playing with “Tonight Show” band, in 1962 when Johnny Carson took over. But when the show left New York for California in 72′ Terry stayed in NY, though he would appear many many times more throughout the following years.
This man did it all. Playing in both The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestra’s in the 40’s & 50’s and played with and among every elite jazz player along the way. He put together 17 piece big bands and traveled the world. Led his own bands from 1959 until 2005 also became a Jazz educator. Clark Terry did it with grace, style and class.
He played, taught and lived jazz. I cannot count the albums he produced or the artists he played with, both as a leader and as a sideman. But having performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Lincoln Center, toured with the Newport Jazz All Stars and Jazz at the Philharmonic and being the recipient of The 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, two Grammy certificates, three Grammy nominations, Induction of the International Jazz Hall of Fame and 250 more awards should tell you how exemplary he was.
Clark Terry was a jazz man through and through and he will be forever missed and the catalog of music a 1,000 miles long will play on until the demise of the earth.
Gerald Wilson passed September 8, 2014 at the age of 96, with the arrival in Heaven with Clark, what orchestration and sweet music must be taking place.
and I smile.
Mumbles leaving us with all his Souvenirs.
Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.
Among My Souvenirs
Written by Lawrence Wright.
Released off the 1961 off the album Everything’s Mellow.
Clark Terry –
Junior Mance –
Joe Benjamin –
Charlie Persip –
His signature song ~ Mumbles.
The Tonight Show Band 1964
1985 **A Must Watch**
24th International Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland. Clark Terry trumpet, Dick Oatts sax.
Gerald Wilson Directing.
Carnegie Hall Jazz Uptown Blues
Class on top of Class, nothing else to say.