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Clark Terry - Introduction by Gary Giddins

One of the foremost music critics of the late twentieth century, Gary Giddins wrote a prominent jazz column, “Weather Bird,” for The Village Voice from 1973 until 2003, and has penned books on pop and jazz (Ridin’ On A Blue Note and Rhythm-a-Ning) as well as biographies of Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby.

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On Sunday November 28th, 2004 Clark Terry gifted us with the third Master Class in the 2004 fall series offered in conjunction with John Snyder of Artists House Foundation and David Schroeder of NYU. Clark Terry, a legend jazz trumpeter is known as a headliner at the world's premier jazz events, a TV personality featured on national programs and one of jazz's finest educators. In 1951 Clark joined Duke Ellington's orchestra as a featured soloist for eight years. He was also the first black musician on the NBC payroll as a spotlighted player in the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It was at this time Clark had a smash hit featuring Mr. Mumbles. You will see in the Master Class video Clark gives us a very amusing segment of Mr. Mumbles. Clark is known for his great technical virtuosity, swinging lyricism and his gift as a wonderful dramatist whose musical ?les leave an audience thoroughly delighted.

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