Thursday, June 12, 2008

Clark Terry: "Star Dust" (1967)

This is Clark Terry (born 1921) playing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star Dust” at the Philharmonic in 1967. Terry, nicknamed Mumbles, is an American swing and bop trumpeter, a pioneer of the fluegelhorn in jazz, an educator, and an NEA Jazz Master. His career as both leader and sideman with more than three hundred recordings demonstrates that he is one of the most prolific luminaries in jazz. Clark composed more than two hundred jazz songs and performed for seven U.S. Presidents.

In addition to composing and performing jazz, he has promoted jazz education. He provided instruments and instruction for young people in Harlem. He has hosted jazz festivals and jazz camps.

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