Clark Terry is an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player, bandleader and composer. His warm tone and its ability to achieve numerous Artikulationsnuanchen only with the lip extension (ie without valves), influenced Miles Davis and about numerous other trumpeters. His musical ideas led him to flugelhorn, he masterfully controlled and its use in the jazz music he contributed greatly.
Terry played in the high school band initially trombone, but quickly changed to the trumpet. During the 2nd World War Terry was from 1942 to 1945 as a member of a military band of the US Navy, where he developed an unusually liquid technique using a Klarinettenschule and also experimented with circular breathing.
He then played briefly with Lionel Hampton and in the bands of Charlie Barnet, Eddie "Clean Head" Vinson, Charlie Ventura and George Hudson.
From 1948 to 1951 he was a member of the Count Basie Orchestra. His breakthrough came with the work in the orchestra of Duke Ellington from 1951 to 1959; then he toured with Quincy Jones through Europe.
Then he found a permanent job in the NBC in New York City and in television, where he performed until 1972 as a soloist in the band of Johnny Carson Tonight Show. In addition, he set up a quintet with Bob Brookmeyer in the early 1960s. After separating from the Tonight Show Terry began career as a studio musician and international star. He founded both his ensemble, the Clark Terry's Big Band and the quintet Clark Terry and his Jolly Giants and appeared worldwide at festivals, concerts in clubs and played recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra a.
He worked with musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Ben Webster, Charlie Barnet, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Billy Strayhorn, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Milt Jackson, Jon Faddis and Dianne Reeves. Terry worked both as a leader and as a soloist.
He composed over two hundred songs, taught and wrote several books. He has been nominated three times for the Grammy and even awarded him received several honorary doctorates and a place in Kansas City's Jazz Hall of Fame. In 2010 he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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