Clark Terry, Influential Jazz Trumpeter, Dies At 94
February 23, 2015 at 7:42 AM (PT)
CLARK TERRY, one of the most influential jazz trumpet players of his generation and an ardent supporter of jazz education, died on SATURDAY in PINE BLUFF, AR at 94, it was announced by his wife GWEN.
TERRY's impeccable skills and playful spirit came across in the recent documentary, "Keep On Keepin' On," which was released last year. He was expert on both trumpet and fluegelhorn across a wide variety of genres.
He played with both DUKE ELLINGTON and COUNT BASIE, recording with CHARLES MINGUS and THELONIOUS MONK, among man others.
He was also one of the first AFRICAN-AMERICAN musicians to hold a staff position at a television network as a mainstay of the "Tonight Show" band, as well as teaching jazz at the college level.
His influence could be heard in the music of MILES DAVIS and WYNTON MARSALIS, while his own scat singing could be heard in "Mumbles," his 1964 signature song.