Clark Terry

American swing and bebop trumpeter

Clark Terry (December 14, 1920 – February 21, 2015) was an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee.

Clark Terry
Terry at the 1981 Monterey Jazz Festival (Photo: Brian McMillen).
Background information
Born(1920-12-14)December 14, 1920
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
DiedFebruary 21, 2015(2015-02-21) (aged 94)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
GenresJazz, swing, bebop, hard bop
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn
Years active1940s–2015
LabelsPrestige, Pablo, Candid, Mainstream, Impulse!

He played with Charlie Barnet (1947), Count Basie (1948–1951), Duke Ellington (1951–1959) and Quincy Jones (1960). Terry's career in jazz spans more than seventy years and he is one of the most recorded of jazz musicians.

Terry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at Vashon High School. Terry died on February 21, 2015 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas from complications from diabetes, aged 94.[1]


  1. THR Staff, Marc Schneider, Billboard. "Jazz Musician Clark Terry Dies at 94)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 21, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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