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Clark Terry: Keep On Keepin' On

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Clark Terry Keep On Keepin' On RADiUS-TWC 2014 Produced by Quincy Jones and Paula Dupre' Pesmen with first time filmmaker Al Hicks the multiple award winning documentary Keep On Keepin' On brings an intimate view into the extraordinary friendship between trumpet great Clark Terry and aspiring young pianist Justin Kauflin. The film begins with what seems like a simple teacher/student session. But there's something different about the setting. Terry is almost bedridden, wearing a robe and oxygen mask and in declining health. Kauflin is blind. As the lesson concludes there's a shared gratitude between the ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Clark Terry with Gwen Terry: Clark - The Autobiography of Clark Terry

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Clark: The Autobiography of Clark TerryClark Terry with Gwen TerryHardcover; 344 pagesISBN: 9780520268463University of California Press2011There are many sad stories in jazz. Cornetist Joe Oliver lost his embouchure and ended up working as a janitor in a pool hall, singer Billie Holiday was arrested on her deathbed, trumpeter Lee Morgan was killed on stage by his enraged common-law wife--and that's just the tip of the iceberg. In contrast to the sorrowful histories that many jazz fans have come to expect, the autobiography of trumpeter and flugelhornist Clark Terry ...

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Louie Bellson/Clark Terry: Louie & Clark Expedition 2

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Drummer Louie Bellson and trumpeter/flugelhornist Clark Terry first worked together in the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the '50s and the Duke or, as Terry always refers to him, “The Maestro," remains central to both players' jazz conception. This is more a Bellson big band project than a true collaboration, as Terry only appears on seven of the thirteen tracks and Bellson composed or co-wrote all thirteen. Carrying on in a decidedly Ellington vein, the first four tracks comprise “The Chicago Suite." The byplay between trumpet (Stepko Gut) and band on the suite's “City of Seasons," as well as the contrasting ...

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Louie Bellson & Clark Terry: Louie & Clark Expedition 2

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Drummer Louie Bellson and trumpeter Clark Terry trump age to front a big band with verve and youthful vitality. Though both are in their eighties, age has not diminished the wonderful ability they have shown through their long and distinguished careers to give jazz a glorious presence.

Bellson and Terry collaborated in 1994 on the big band recording, Live From New York (Telarc), which featured a track called “Louie and Clark Expedition." This, then, becomes another odyssey larger in dimension, which makes it a magnificent edifice that will long be remembered.

Fronting a seventeen-piece band, the music was composed by ...

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Louie Bellson and Clark Terry: Louie & Clark Expedition 2

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Louie & Clark Expedition 2 marks the historic reunion of legendary drummer Louie Bellson and trumpeter Clark Terry. While the title references the 1803 Lewis & Clark expedition, it's actually a reprisal of the big band effort Live From New York (Telarc, 1994), which featured the composition “Louie & Clark Expedition. Expedition 2 is more than an encore or swan song for the robust 83 year-old Bellson and 87 year-young Terry; it is, indeed, a celebration of life and a musical tribute to big band jazz.

The duo fronts a seventeen-piece ensemble and, with inspiration from Terry, invites ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Bugle Call: Clark Terry's Live at Marihans & Ruby Braff's Controlled Nonchalance: Live at the Regattabar, Volume 2

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Clark Terry Live at Marihans Chiaroscuro 2005 Ruby Braff Controlled Nonchalance: Live at the Regattabar, Volume 2 Arbors Records 2005

At the invitation of the Bern International Jazz Festival in 2004, trumpeter Clark Terry assembled a 17-piece band consisting exclusively of his present and former students, ranging from 40ish trombonist Conrad Herwig to teenaged drummer Marcus Gilmore. The first disc of Live at Marihans showcases highlights by the band, drawn primarily from Terry's ...

LIVE REVIEWS

IAJE 2006: Three Legends Offer Insight Into Music

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The International Association for Jazz Education's annual conference January 11-14 offered ample opportunities to not only hear great music, but to hear the stories behind it from some true music masters.

Billy Taylor

I managed to catch interviews with Billy Taylor, Clark Terry and writer Dan Morgenstern, but missed out on a rare chance to hear Sonny Rollins because the hotel ballroom where he spoke was filled to capacity.

Dr. Taylor is “thinking about" writing an autobiography. Terry has written one, yet to be published. Morgenstern's Living with Jazz came out not long ago. All three interviews were chock full ...



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