Friday Night Jazz: Clark Terry Special

Apr 17, 2013

Jazzman Clark Terry lets his enthusiasm shine through as he conducts Trenton State College students in a band clinic on the southern New Jersey campus in February 1973.
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Clark Terry is a versatile and swinging 93 year-old trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer and bandleader whose resume includes stints with Quincy Jones, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. He was the first African American musician in The Tonight Show Band. In 2010, Terry received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

On this edition of Friday Night Jazz With Reuben Jackson, Musician, Director of Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival, and fellow ardent Clark Terry lover Linda Little joins yours truly for a celebration and discussion of 9 gems from Terry's voluminous, infectious body of performances.

It's impossible to find a bad Clark Terry recording, but if you are looking for a good place to start, I'd recommend "In Orbit: Clark Terry With Thelonious Monk"- a 1958 session in which Terry's warm and witty flugelhorn finds even more melodic possibilities in Monk standards like "Let's Cool One". I'd also try this YouTube performance of Terry's famed "Mumbles" on for size!

-Reuben Jackson

This program was originally scheduled to air on Friday April 19 but was preempted by breaking news. It aired on Friday April 26, 2013.