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Clark Terry Is Gone

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Clark Terry has died at 94 following his long battle with the effects of advanced diabetes. His wife Gwen posted the announcement this morning on her Facebook page.

Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where he’ll be singing and playing with the angels. He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends. Clark has known and played with so many amazing people in his life. He has found great joy in his friendships and his greatest passion was spending time with his students. We will miss him every minute of every day, but he will live on through the beautiful music and positivity that he gave to the world. Clark will live in our hearts forever.

With all my love, Gwen Terry


Mrs. Terry’s announcement did not include information about when her husband died died or plans for services. For a thorough obituary, go here.

Here is a reminder of the gifts that made CT one of the best known and most admired jazz artists of the modern era. He leads a septet at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival with Oscar Peterson, piano; Milt Jackson, vibes; Ronnie Scott, tenor saxophone; Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, bass; Joe Pass, guitar; and Bobby Durham, drums.

Clark Terry, RIP

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