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Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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"Terry's wonderful book is a true labor of love."--Peter Vacher"Jazzwise" (02/01/2012)
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" (12/04/2011)"
Terry s wonderful book is a true labor of love. --Peter Vacher"Jazzwise" (02/01/2012)"
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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 playsthe 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 authoryou 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many great stories. Even if you think you know a lot about Mr. Terry, there are many surprises. The book is throughly engaging. It is an easy, but rich, read.Published 9 months ago by Thomas Lizotte
If you like music at this is a must read. Amazing book. He tells stories that encompass tons of musicians and a time when jazz was young.Published 9 months ago by Lannes J. Hilboldt
I enjoyed reading his autobiography, it comes with detailed events of his personal and professional life.Published 10 months ago by Mandla
How can you go wrong reading the compelling story of one of the greatest jazz geniuses who ever lived ? !Published 12 months ago by David C Fischer
I loved it. Especially if your a Clark Terry fan you will be taken into an amazing retrospective on his life and fascinating musical journey. Recommended for all!Published 16 months ago by SOLJO
Clark Terry is a Musicians/Musician, a mentor, a role model for all to follow. I first had the opportunity to hear him with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1959 and as recently as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by G. A, Miller
Very frank and candid. Probably a bit too long, but very interesting.Published 17 months ago by Don C. Dennis