Thursday Night Live:

Goodbye CT

Clark Terry
Page added Feb 24, 2015 Updated Mar 6, 2015

On this episode of TNL, we celebrate the life and music of the great Clark Terry, who passed away at the age of 94 on February 21, 2015.

"Imitate, assimilate, innovate..." These three words were Clark Terry's way of summing up how to be yourself as an artist. Copy your idols, integrate their ideas and then make them your own by building upon them. CT was renowned not only for his work as a trumpeter, composer and sideman (for the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Baise and Oscar Peterson), but also as an educator and mentor to many younger jazz musicians.

Even in his 90s, he was eager to encourage young jazz musicians in their own musical journeys. The Australian drummer and film director Al Hicks captured Terry's passion for the music in his documentary titled 'Keep On Keepin' On.' The film highlights CT's relationship with Justin Kauflin - a young, blind pianist breaking into the scene in America. It's definitely worth the watch, and you can check out the trailer here.

So as the tributes flow for the late jazzman, we're airing a live concert, recorded 25 years ago at the Village Gate in 1990. Joining him in his quintet is Don Friedman on piano, Marcus McLauren on bass, Kenny Washington on drums and Jimmy Heath on saxophones. Paquito D'Rivera is also on the bill, sitting in as a guest on Terry's tune 'Silly Samba.'

Tracks in this feature

1. 'Top & Bottom'
2. 'Keep, Keep, Keep on Keepin' On'
3. 'Silly Samba'
4. 'Pint of Bitters'
5. 'Sheba'
6. 'Brushes & Brass'
7. 'Simple Waltz'
8. 'Hey Mr. Mumbles'

All compositions by Clark Terry

In the band

Clark Terry; trumpet, flugelhorn
Jimmy Heath; tenor & soprano saxophone
Don Friedman; piano
Marcus McLauren; bass
Kenny Washington; drums
Paquito D'Rivera; alto saxopone (track 5)

CD: Live at the Village Gate by Clark Terry (Chesky JD49)
Image: Clark Terry's Website
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Mar 5, 2015. 9:00pm - 10:00pm

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Clark Terry (December 14, 1920 – February 21, 2015) was an American swing and 

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On Feb 25, 2015. 11:59am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks Christopher - so are we!

On Feb 25, 2015. 11:47am
Anonymous said

Looking forward to hearing this immensely.
Esteemed music writer Richard Cook, has this to say about the wonderful Clark Terry in his Jazz Encyclopedia:
"Nobody ever says a bad word about Clark Terry. As a brass player, bandleader, mentor and spokesman for jazz music, he is incomparable."
Guess that sums up this delightful jazz gentleman beautifully.
Christopher Lynch.

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