Clark Terry

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Descriptive "tags": jazz trumpet classic jazz bebop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

14 December 1920, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Terry gained invaluable experience playing trumpet in local bands, but developed his remarkable technique while in the US Navy. As he recalled for jazz writer Steve Voce, he practised using a clarinet book, preferring the more fluid sound this generated in his playing. After his military service he joined Charlie Barnet, then became a mainstay of the Count Basie band for three years until 1951, when he joined Duke Ellington for an eight-year stint. At the end of the 50s he went into studio work in New York City, becoming one of the first black musicians regularly to be employed in this way. For a dozen years he was featured in the Doc Severinsen band, which played on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show. During this time he continued to play in jazz groups for club and record dates, working with Bob Brookmeyer, J.J. Johnson and others, and also leading his own ‘Big B-A-D Band’, which featured many leading New...

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