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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (21 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520268466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520268463
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Clark' chronicles, in endearing prose, Terry's personal and professional journey... Onstage and in the backroom, Terry and his trumpet shared a front-row seat to jazz history. "Clark" is nothing short of that remarkable story." -- Alexander Heffner San Francisco Chronicle 20111204 "Terry's wonderful book is a true labor of love." -- Peter Vacher Jazzwise 20120201

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Clark Terry's illustrious career as an innovative trumpeter and flugelhornist, horn designer, leading jazz educator, and composer has covered an epic span of jazz history. Winner of the 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and an NEA Jazz Master, in addition to many other accolades and awards, Terry is the author of Let's Talk Trumpet: From Legit to Jazz and The Interpretation of the Jazz Language, both with Phil Rizzo.

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an intriguing read about an intriguing trumpeter.
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This has been a long awaited autobiography, from one of Jazz's greatest players and real gentlemen. Few have given as much to the music as Clark has over a lifetime in the music.
The first three quarters of the book are the most interesting and informative and are an historically interesting inside view of the dreadful conditions so many poor black families endured, and if lucky, survived in the US from the mid twenties on; and the jazz music of the period and those that played it. There are lovely personal anecdotes about numerous jazz musicians and bandleaders, with whom Clark played. I would have awarded five stars were it not for the latter few sections of the book which are a little disappointing. However, it is still a most enjoyable tome and well worth reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bugleboy on 22 April 2012
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I really enjoyed reading Clark Terry's autobiography. Very well written, and a great insight into his long and eventful life in jazz.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Tooting His Own Horn...Masterfully, As Always!! 30 Sept. 2011
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What a total treat to finally be able to read the life story of Clark Terry, the absolute master musician who is known the world around as having the happiest sound in jazz. I loved reading about all the events that took him from being a boy in a junkyard to becoming the one-of-a-kind jazz legend that he is. Who knew that building a trumpet from a garden hose and a funnel would lead to Clark evolving into the most-recorded trumpet player of all time and one of only 4 trumpet players in history to ever receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Clark's life story, lovingly written over the course of 20 years by Clark and his wife is an excellent read. In fact, the book is so engaging, I will be reading it a-Gwen and a-Gwen!!
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Not sure if the 5 stars are for the book or the man. 9 Dec. 2011
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I have always enjoyed the music of Clark Terry. And he has always been so good to students and fans.

A true GENTLE man.

This book shows us all that one can choose to behave with grace and manners in spite of how one is treated by parents and society in general.

And it shows what one can accomplish with single-minded devotion to excellence.

I loved how he remembered so many musicians he worked with and named them by name.

There are some very dicy situations revealed in the book that I would never have guessed.
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Clark Terry 4 Dec. 2011
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I am pleased to finally read this book knowing all the work that went into it. Thank God that we are able to share in Clark's rich history. Highly recommend it to all of you, Jazz fans or not you will enjoy this well written autobiography!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A man with a passion for jazz, and for life 2 Jan. 2012
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For decades, Clark thrilled us with style, technique, and humor as a trumpet & flugelhorn soloist and as a jazz teacher. This book gives everyone a chance to learn the story behind his ambitious career, told by the man who lived it. Before this, Clark's storytelling was a privilege largely reserved to his friends and students - a large group, to be sure, but still not as big as the audience he deserves.
Much of the book reads like a novel written in the first person. I had to keep reminding myself that this is the real story of a kid from St. Louis who developed a passion for jazz at an early age. He got some lucky breaks, but also had to overcome family hardships, racial barriers, and later in life, health problems. Among the lucky breaks, he spent 25 years as a featured soloist with top bands like Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra. He did countless recording sessions. He led his own groups, large and small. He toured the world. And he was devoted to educating new generations of jazz performers.
Along the way, we learn a lot about the personalities of many of the jazz legends that Clark worked with, and about the experience of life on the road - warts and all. There's a fair amount of salty language, but there's also plenty of praise for deserving souls. Clark is thoughtful about giving credit where it's due. (The Acknowledgements section is 10 pages!)
Extras in the back of the book include a list of Clark's compositions, his honors and awards (among them 15 honorary doctorates and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award), and a selected discography with 371 items. The only thing I'd suggest adding is a banner across the cover that says, "Soon to be a major motion picture."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Whole Bunch of Nice Trumpet Players. 8 Jan. 2012
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A whole bunch of nice trumpet players and he also pioneered jazz flugelhorn. Clark Terry has recorded over 900 times and a sample of these represents the history of jazz trumpet. His reputation as a musician goes unchallenged and his autobiography is very conversation in style and very candid in content. It's a good reference work for any aspiring musician. I remember attending a party for a friend and the conversation turned to jazz and also to Clark Terry. One of the guests said that whenever Clark Terry was in St. Louis he would give him a free trumpet lesson.. I was really impressed but didn't know whether to believe him. After reading "CLARK" I'm convinced now he got those trumpet lessons. Clark Terry is also very generous and you could tell that he inspired this young musician.
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