OCMAO Birthday Corner


Friday marks the 98th birthday of Clark Terry, jazz trumpeter extraordinaire and perhaps the most prolifically recorded musician ever. Clark was born in 1920 and died in 2015. He played with almost every titan of the jazz era between 1940 and 2015 including the giants of bebop: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk etc. as well as the true Kings of Swing: Ellington and Basie. And it was his work with these two bands which probably had the greatest influence on him. But Clark was also known as an incredible teacher and mentor having taught and mentored both Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. Beginning in the 1960s he joined the Tonight Show band and was one of the first black jazz musicians to integrate that white bastion. He was often prominently featured as a soloist in this band by Doc Severinson, and became known to a wide TV audience for his phenomenal musicianship and showmanship. On the Tonight Show he would often play two trumpets simultaneously and then sing his famous mumbles style of scat, breaking up the house band, Johnny Carson, and the audience. Also during that time, Clark became a mentor to many a high school student jazz band and helped inspire them to new heights. Our Chairman had the rare privilege of meeting and playing with Clark in 1970 and will never forget that magical time. Check out Clark's vinyl records we have for sale at the Market.

In honor of Clark, anyone who comes into the Market this week and says Happy Birthday Clark Terry gets 10% off their purchase.


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