Clark Terry

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Clark Terry enjoyed a long and celebrated career as a trumpeter playing with nearly ever iconic jazz musician of the twentieth century. His tone and style of playing was an influence on school children and professionals alike and his friendly and warm personality made him one of the most-liked, sought-after musicians in the world. Clark’s connection with the music products industry began when the Selmer Company requested that he endorse their line of trumpets in the 1940s. Years later the Elkhart, Indiana based company made a specialized flugelhorn for Clark, which became an instrument within Selmer’s product line.  Clark passed away in 2015 at the age of 94.

Interview Date:
April 23, 2008
Date of Birth:
December 14, 1920
Deceased Date:
February 21, 2015
Job Title:
Musician