By Gwen Terry (Editor), Quincy Jones (Preface), Bill Cosby (Foreword) Clark Terry (Author)
Compelling from hide to hide, this can be the tale of 1 of the main recorded and liked jazz trumpeters of all time. With unsparing honesty and an outstanding eye for aspect, Clark Terry, born in 1920, takes us from his impoverished early life in St. Louis, Missouri, the place jazz might be heard in every single place, to the smoke-filled small golf equipment and carnivals around the Jim Crow South the place he received his commence, and directly to around the world acclaim. Terry takes us backstage of jazz heritage as he introduces ratings of mythical greats--Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, document Severinsen, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Billie vacation, Sarah Vaughan, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, and Dianne Reeves, between many others. Terry additionally finds a lot approximately his personal own existence, his reports with racism, how he helped holiday the colour barrier in 1960 whilst he joined the this night exhibit band on NBC, and why--at 90 years old--his scholars from all over the world nonetheless name and stopover at him for classes.
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A few days later, according to the lay of the land at that time, I was â•¯ â•¯ â•¯ 22 First Road Gigâ•‡â•‡â•‡â•‡ /â•‡â•‡â•‡â•‡ 23 forced to marry her at City Hall. Ada Mae was there—just Ada Mae and Sissy’s growling father. Sy was out of town on a gig. ” Fess Williams called me into his office the next day and said, “Well, when a boy wrongs a girl, he should be made to pay for it. ” Rumors were flying that I wasn’t really the father of Sissy’s baby, that there was another cat across town. But she swore I was the culprit.
He was a short, slouchy brown-skinned man with false teeth that clicked uncontrollably when he talked. His eyes were stern with authority, although his face was kind, stroked from years of drinking liquor, which we could all smell a mile away. But we loved him. For six months every Saturday and a whole lot of Sundays, we rehearsed under the instruction of Pop Owens. I talked with him a few times, and he eventually agreed to let us try some new rhythms and harmonies—a more swinging approach. That’s when we filled the big beige brick Post #77 hall with resounding brass.
I named it the Gray Ghost, because I knew it would haunt me until I learned every thing I could about playing it. â•‡ First Road Gig A few years later—it was June of ’39—my life had taken a serious dive. Just two months before my high school graduation, I was looking forward to marching across the stage at commencement as salutatorian of my class, with two scholarships in track, but I was kicked out of school. I had gotten a girl named Sissy pregnant, and both of us were expelled. Today, no one is expelled for this reason, but back then it was a definite no-no!
Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry (George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Studies) by Gwen Terry (Editor), Quincy Jones (Preface), Bill Cosby (Foreword) Clark Terry (Author)
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