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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1ST edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520268466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520268463
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“‘Clark’ chronicles, in endearing prose, Terry's personal and professional journey. . . . Onstage and in the backroom, Terry and his trumpet shared a front-row seat to jazz history. "Clark" is nothing short of that remarkable story.”
(Alexander Heffner San Francisco Chronicle 2011-12-04)

“Terry’s wonderful book is a true labor of love.”
(Peter Vacher Jazzwise 2012-02-01)

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“Clark Terry is the epitome of jazz trumpet, of jazz, and of human kindness. His playing is impeccable and original, scintillating, humorous, and brimming with pluckish wit and late-night pungence. His style is virtuosic and deeply intelligent. It cannot be identified by decade or era or style (as it is timeless and definitive of American Jazz and the profoundest aspirations of the jazzman): to be one of a kind, to endure, to inspire, to be truthful, to be accurate, to swing. He has inspired thousands of younger musicians and nourished us with his interest, his knowledge, and his love. His contributions go far beyond the bandstand and he will always be an indelible part of our lives, inseparable from our identity as musicians and people. We all love him deeply. And forever.”—Wynton Marsalis

“Clark Terry is a living history of much of jazz, to which he has contributed as a deeply imaginative soloist and influential band leader. His additional life mission has long been ‘to teach as many young musicians as I could.’ His first pupil was Quincy Jones and he was the first to recognize the potential of Miles Davis. To this day, Clark’s international impact is such that young students come to his home in a small town in Arkansas from Israel, Australia, and other lands to take lessons from Clark. Now, at last, in this memoir of his storied career, Clark swingingly personifies the multi-dimensional jazz life. He writes as he plays—the very sounds and rhythms of surprise!”—Nat Hentoff, author of At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene

“Clark Terry is the unique voice in America’s creative art form called jazz. I would not have a career without him. His friends and admirers cover the whole planet.”—Jimmy “Little Bird” Heath

"Clark Terry has not only been living his dream, he has spent his life helping others to achieve their dreams as well. He's an extraordinary role model and mentor who has walked the walk. And now, in addition to decades of wonderful music, he is giving us another gift, his autobiography. It is up to us to share the love, the music, and the stories with our children, and our children’s children, for this is how they’ll learn. Thank you, Clark, for the wonderful example you have set. We love you.”—Nancy Wilson

"Clark Terry is an American Master. I love to listen to him, particularly ‘Mumbles.’ I was so delighted when we received degrees together, along with Edward Kennedy, at the New England Conservatory in 1997."—Aretha Franklin

"I've always been a great admirer of Clark Terry's work on the trumpet and flugelhorn, and now I have become a big admirer of his work as an author—you will love this book." —Clint Eastwood

"I met Clark when I was sixteen years old. He saw something in me and without hesitation planted me in the most fertile soil any aspiring artist could hope to be in . . . his heart. I am eternally grateful for his generous spirit, love, encouragement, storytelling, and above all laughter throughout the years! Clark . . . I love you madly."—Dianne Reeves

“I’ve come to know Clark as undoubtedly the greatest teacher in the history of jazz. From the mentoring of Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, to the millions of young musicians touched by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz all over the globe, Clark and his incredible music stand as a symbol of intellect and spirituality of the highest order to all of us. Thank God for Clark Terry!” —Thelonious Monk, III

“Thank you, Clark, for a lifetime of your incredible talents, and for filling this world with so much love. All of us at the Jazz Foundation of America are sincerely thankful for your compassion and involvement in our efforts to help musicians in need. You are an inspiration and a classic role model truly beyond category!” —Wendy Oxenhorn

“His style, his sound, his look, his voice, his heart, his soul. That’s what inspires Snoop Dogg about Mr. Terry. If I could only do half of what he did in the music business, my life would be complete. I had the honor and pleasure of spending a few days with Mr. Terry. He’s the greatest to ever do it. Thank you, Uncle Quincy, for introducing me to Mr. Mumbles!!!” —Snoop Dogg

“Clark and I have been friends for many decades, and I’ve always enjoyed his music. Recently, on a long, three-hundred-mile drive to our gig, we listened to Clark’s wonderful Porgy and Bess album. This was the second or third time that we’d done that. It sure was some great playing on your part, Clark! We enjoyed those Chicago Jazz Orchestra brass players, too. Congratulations on your book.” —Dave Brubeck

“When I saw Clark performing at the Blue Note in New York, I thought to myself, ‘Could this be what all of us instrumentalists are really trying to do?’ Before my eyes and ears, the legend/man/craftsman went there. As I saw it, there was straight to the source of personal expression. Through Mumbles or through the flugelhorn, the man spoke to me that night, and I’ll remember that always as a larger than life experience.” —Esperanza Spalding

“Clark Terry is a jazz superstar, and one of the most extraordinary individuals I have ever encountered. He’s a world-class musician, educator, composer, jazz pioneer, and a co-founder of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He has inspired people of all ages with his humor, courage, passion and vision. Thanks for your friendship, Clark, and for always being there for the Institute.” —Tom Carter

“Whenever I see Clark Terry, I always look forward to talking to him and reminiscing about the early bebop years. There’s an expression coined by Lester Young that succinctly says it all about Clark Terry: ‘chandelier,’ a raconteur par excellence, Mumbles-brilliant, original musical brilliance. It has been a privilege.” —Billy Dee Williams

"The one I admire without restriction is Clark Terry, whose pronunciation at the trumpet or bugle is a model of sharpness, clearness and authority. A model which is given with generosity to all of those who want to play this instrument...the way it should be played." —Maurice André








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Clark Terry's memories are pleasantly to read.
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Reading it was just like sitting next to the fire listening to him tell stories over a cup of coffee.
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Highly recommend it to all of you, Jazz fans or not you will enjoy this well written autobiography!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mangoesbananas on September 30, 2011
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What a total treat to finally be able to read the life story of Clark Terry, the absolute master musician who is known the world around as having the happiest sound in jazz. I loved reading about all the events that took him from being a boy in a junkyard to becoming the one-of-a-kind jazz legend that he is. Who knew that building a trumpet from a garden hose and a funnel would lead to Clark evolving into the most-recorded trumpet player of all time and one of only 4 trumpet players in history to ever receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Clark's life story, lovingly written over the course of 20 years by Clark and his wife is an excellent read. In fact, the book is so engaging, I will be reading it a-Gwen and a-Gwen!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2011
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I have always enjoyed the music of Clark Terry. And he has always been so good to students and fans.

A true GENTLE man.

This book shows us all that one can choose to behave with grace and manners in spite of how one is treated by parents and society in general.

And it shows what one can accomplish with single-minded devotion to excellence.

I loved how he remembered so many musicians he worked with and named them by name.

There are some very dicy situations revealed in the book that I would never have guessed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2011
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I am pleased to finally read this book knowing all the work that went into it. Thank God that we are able to share in Clark's rich history. Highly recommend it to all of you, Jazz fans or not you will enjoy this well written autobiography!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Lakey on January 8, 2012
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A whole bunch of nice trumpet players and he also pioneered jazz flugelhorn. Clark Terry has recorded over 900 times and a sample of these represents the history of jazz trumpet. His reputation as a musician goes unchallenged and his autobiography is very conversation in style and very candid in content. It's a good reference work for any aspiring musician. I remember attending a party for a friend and the conversation turned to jazz and also to Clark Terry. One of the guests said that whenever Clark Terry was in St. Louis he would give him a free trumpet lesson.. I was really impressed but didn't know whether to believe him. After reading "CLARK" I'm convinced now he got those trumpet lessons. Clark Terry is also very generous and you could tell that he inspired this young musician.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James A. Vedda VINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
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For decades, Clark thrilled us with style, technique, and humor as a trumpet & flugelhorn soloist and as a jazz teacher. This book gives everyone a chance to learn the story behind his ambitious career, told by the man who lived it. Before this, Clark's storytelling was a privilege largely reserved to his friends and students - a large group, to be sure, but still not as big as the audience he deserves.
Much of the book reads like a novel written in the first person. I had to keep reminding myself that this is the real story of a kid from St. Louis who developed a passion for jazz at an early age. He got some lucky breaks, but also had to overcome family hardships, racial barriers, and later in life, health problems. Among the lucky breaks, he spent 25 years as a featured soloist with top bands like Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra. He did countless recording sessions. He led his own groups, large and small. He toured the world. And he was devoted to educating new generations of jazz performers.
Along the way, we learn a lot about the personalities of many of the jazz legends that Clark worked with, and about the experience of life on the road - warts and all. There's a fair amount of salty language, but there's also plenty of praise for deserving souls. Clark is thoughtful about giving credit where it's due. (The Acknowledgements section is 10 pages!)
Extras in the back of the book include a list of Clark's compositions, his honors and awards (among them 15 honorary doctorates and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award), and a selected discography with 371 items. The only thing I'd suggest adding is a banner across the cover that says, "Soon to be a major motion picture."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Horowitz on August 2, 2012
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If you've ever wondered what the man behind that wonderful trumpet and flugelhorn was about, read this book. Clark Terry did it all, in trumpet sections, as a soloist, and scat singer. His influence on musicians is incalculable. He is a true national treasure. Reading the story of this musical giant, written in his own words, is like a guided tour through the Smithsonian by the folks whose works are enshrined within those hallowed halls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on May 2, 2012
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Well written. Breezy read. Very interesting and informative. Mr. Terry lays out the history, complexity, and brilliance of jazz music and it's players. It is wonderful to have the story told by an innovator in the form. I really love this book. Am grateful for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Hubler on February 8, 2012
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A nice read. Clark takes you thru his child hood up to present time. But I have a feeling that a lot of personal information was left out.(Maybe too painful?)
Also, he never played with someon he didin't like. Really?
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