Earlier today, we of the international family of jazz lovers learned that influential JAZZ Trumpeter/Flugelhorn Pioneer/Bandleader/Singer/Recording Artist/Educator/NEA JAZZ MASTERS Inductee CLARK TERRY passed away last night, Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the age of 94.
CLARK TERRY was born December 14, 1920, in ST. LOUIS, MO, and began his professional music career in the early 1940's, including a stint as a bandsman in the U.S. NAVY during WORLD WAR II.
His career spanned over 70 years, and played with such jazz giants as Dr. BILLY TAYLOR, CHARLES MINGUS, CLIFFORD BROWN, COUNT BASIE, DIZZY GILLESPIE, DUKE ELLINGTON, MILES DAVIS, OSCAR PETERSON, QUNICY JONES, WYNTON MARSALIS, YUSEF LATEEF, and, so Many MORE.
Among his list of AWARDS and HONORS:
- Inducted into the Jazz at Lincoln Center Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame (2013)
- The 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, two Grammy certificates, three Grammy nominations
- The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award (1991)
- Sixteen honorary doctorates
- Keys to several cities
- Jazz Ambassador for U.S. State Department tours in the Middle East and Africa
- A knighthood in Germany
- Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award, presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity in (1985). Terry was awarded honorary membership in the Fraternity by the Beta Zeta Chapter at the College of Emporia (1968). He was also made an honorary member of the Iota Phi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity (2011).
- The French Order of Arts and Letters (2000)
- A life-sized wax figure for the Black World History Museum in St. Louis
- Inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame (1996)
- NARAS Present's Merit Award (2005)
- Trumpeter of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association (2005)
We offer PRAYERS, LOVE, CONDOLENCES, And WISHES Of WELLNESS to the surviving family, and at the same time; we celebrate the LIFE, LOVE, and MUSICAL LEGACY of CLARK TERRY.
HAPPY CLARK TERRY SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ At NIGHT!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And SUNDAY MORNING JAZZY BLESSINGS;