Best wishes for happiness and healing go out to the legendary trumpet player, NEA Jazz Master and St. Louis native Clark Terry (pictured) , who celebrates his 91st birthday today. Terry has been hospitalized near his home in Arkansas since mid-October, and last week, doctors had to amputate his right leg above the knee.
The good news is that, after spending some recovery time in intensive care, Terry reportedly is feeling somewhat better and remains eager to hear from friends, fans, fellow musicians and former students.
You can express your birthday wishes directly to Terry over at his website, where his wife Gwen Terry has been posting updates on his condition and collecting messages and comments to relay to him. You can catch up on all of StLJN's past coverage of Clark Terry, including news, links to videos, free downloadable albums, interviews and more, here.