Happy Birthday Clark Terry: “Mumbles”

14 Dec

 Happy 90th to Clark Terry; here’s hoping he spends it indoors. Played with Basie and Ellington and Peterson, was a regular on the Tonight Show, made many albums as a leader, also made mark as a teacher. Performed for seven presidents. “Mumbles” was inspired by the blues bars of his hometown St. Louis. Terry said his music education came from “the University of Ellingtonia.” He’s passed it on many times over.

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