Clark Terry is a beloved veteran of many, many Monterey Jazz Festivals. The Sunday afternoon of the 55th Festival is an appropriate time to honor him and his continuing contributions to jazz and jazz education. Here is an inspiring video trailer for an upcoming documentary, “Keep On Keepin’ On” which makes this point beautifully.
Also, Terry, who Dizzy Gillespie called the greatest trumpet player on earth, has published a recent spirited and very personal biography, Clark Terry. Put simply: it’s a great read.
As Quincy Jones testifies about Terry: ‘He’s one of god’s gifts to this planet.’