PBS’ American Masters remembers Clark Terry

February 25, 2015

Here are hree film outtakes from Michael Kantor’s film American Masters — Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001), jazz great Clark Terry (Dec. 14, 1920 – Feb. 21, 2015 ) performs at Ross School (Long Island, NY) and discusses the challenges of touring the southern U.S. with an all-black big band and what Quincy Jones learned from Count Basie. Jones was 13 years old when he began studying with Terry, who was also mentor to Miles Davis.

Kantor remembers, “Clark Terry was a giant. He played for the greatest bandleaders of all time, including Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and literally taught Quincy Jones how to play trumpet. Throughout his life he was a mentor to so many young talents. In fact, there is a recent documentary about Terry’s gift for inspiration, Keep on Keepin’ On. He was a pleasure to interview, generous with his time and talent.”

broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC, performing as a member of The Tonight Show band.

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