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Clark Terry

Clark Terry  Jazz great. One of the “best improvising musicians alive,” according to one jazz critic. And in the words of another, Clark Terry is the “possessor of the happiest sound in jazz…music that is exuberant, swinging, and fun.” Lived in Haworth with his wife Gwen (a jazz singer) for several years at the beginning of the 21st century. Terry started playing trumpet in St. Louis clubs in the early 1940s, then joined a Navy band during World War II. From there, he went on to play with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington (1951-1959), and he then spent about a dozen years in Doc Severinsen’s band on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." His accomplishments as a trumpeter and flugelhorn player are too many to list, but he’s composed more than two hundred jazz songs, performed for seven U.S. presidents, has more than three hundred recordings, has influenced the likes of Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, and has the unique talent of performing duets with himself—playing both trumpet and flugelhorn.