Thanks in part to the enthusiastic support of hometown fans, trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry (pictured) will be one of three 2013 inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.
JALC announced today that Terry, drummer Art Blakey, and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton got the majority of votes cast online during the month of March by jazz fans around the world.
Terry - who's 92 and no longer performs due to health issues, though he's still teaching - will be only the third jazz musician, along with Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman, to be inducted into the hall while still living. Here in Terry's hometown, StLJN stumped hard for votes for the much-loved trumpeter, encouraging fans to cast their ballots in a couple of blog posts and on Facebook and Twitter. Obviously, something must have worked, and thanks are due to all you StLJN readers who voted, and to everyone - including Vintage Vinyl; the Jazz St. Louis organization; radio personalities John Carney and Jason Church; publicist and producer Maddie Dames; and many others - who publicly supported the cause and urged others to vote.
The three new inductees will be honored in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 4 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the jazz club operated by JALC. If you can't be in Manhattan for the festivities, you can watch a live webcast of the event via JALC Live.
(Edited after posting to add the names of more supporters.)