Saturday, February 21, 2015

Clark Terry 1920 - 2015

From the Facebook page of legendary trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry:

"Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where he'll be singing and playing with the angels. He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends.

Clark has known and played with so many amazing people in his life. He has found great joy in his friendships and his greatest passion was spending time with his students. We will miss him every minute of every day, but he will live on through the beautiful music and positivity that he gave to the world. Clark will live in our hearts forever.

With all my love, Gwen Terry"
Though he toured well into his 80s, Terry had been seriously ill and essentially bedridden for the last several years with complications of diabetes. Even after falling ill, he continued to mentor young musicians and even give music lessons via Skype up until a few months ago; he entered hospice care earlier this month.

Our condolences go out to Clark Terry's wife and family and to his many friends, colleagues and fans. Terry's passing no doubt will attract a wide variety of tributes and remembrances, and StLJN will be collecting links to those and updating this post as needed over the next few days:

Clark Terry 1920 - 2015 (Jazz Times)
Jazz Musician Clark Terry Dies at 94 (Hollywood Reporter)
Trumpeter Clark Terry, Who Played in 'Tonight Show' Band, Dies at 94 (Variety)
Jazz icon and St. Louis native Clark Terry passes at 94 (St. Louis American)
Trumpet maestro Clark Terry dies aged 94 (Reuters)
R.I.P. Clark Terry (Ottawa Citizen)
Clark Terry, R.I.P. (Arts Journal/About Last Night)
Clark Terry Dies At 94 (The JazzLine)
Remembering Clark Terry (KPLU)
Clark Terry, Influential Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 94 (New York Times)
Clark Terry, jazz virtuoso with Basie, Ellington and ‘Tonight Show,’ dies (Washington Post)
Jazz trumpet great Clark Terry dies at 94 (USA Today)
Clark Terry, jazz trumpeter with Ellington and 'Tonight Show,' dies at 94 (Los Angeles Times)
Clark Terry, jazz trumpeter, dies aged 94 (The Telegraph UK)
Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died (NPR)
Jazz Great Clark Terry Dead at 94 (Rolling Stone)
Jazz Trumpeter Clark Terry Dead At 94; Integrated ‘Tonight Show’ Band (Deadline Hollywood)
Clark Terry, trumpeter who spanned jazz era, dies at 94 (Daily Mail UK)
Jazz musician Clark Terry dies at 94 (Entertainment Weekly)
A memorial to St. Louis' jazz gentleman Clark Terry (Devil at the Confluence)
Clark Terry obituary (The Guardian UK)
From swing to bop, trumpeter Clark Terry was tops (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Clark Terry: Famed jazz trumpeter soared above humble St. Louis beginnings (KWMU/St. Louis Public Radio)
St. Louis remembers Clark Terry (KPLR)
Remembering the Great Clark Terry (St. Louis magazine)
Clark Terry Dies at 94 (DownBeat)
The Sound of Musical Joy: Clark Terry’s Trumpet (The New Yorker)
Remembering Jazz Luminary and St. Louis Native Clark Terry, 1920-2015 (Riverfront Times)

Update - 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 23: Via the Facebook page of, which hosts Clark Terry's website, it's been announced that funeral services for Terry will be held at 10:00 a.m. this coming Saturday, February 28 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in NYC, and will be led by Dr. Calvin Butts.

The message continues, "Clark will be laid to rest at the Woodlawn Cemetery following the service. Funeral services entrusted to P.K. Miller Mortuary, Pine Bluff, Arkansas and George H. Weldon Funeral Home, New York City. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Jazz Foundation of America which has helped over the years to make sure that Clark's needs were met. Please note on donations that they be made "In Honor of Clark Terry" to help them continue this work.

(This story was edited after posting.)

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