Clark Terry was one of the true great swing and bebop trumpet and flugelhorn players. He was also a composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee. His blending of his St. Louis tone with the current styles during his years with Basie and Ellington brought him major recognition.
Terry played with Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, and Oscar Peterson. When he was hired by NBC, he was the first African-American to become a regular in a band on a major US television network. He appeared for ten years as a member of the Tonight Show Band until 1972, where his unique “mumbling” led to a hit with “Mumbles”.
According to his own website Terry was “one of the most recorded jazz artists in history and had performed for eight American Presidents. Terry’s career in jazz spanned more than 70 years, during which he became one of the most recorded jazz musicians ever, appearing on over 900 recordings.
This recording took place Live At Ratso’s In Chicago on December 2, 1976.