Remembering Clark Terry, Legendary Musician and Educator

| February 25, 2015

Clark Terry

Clark Terry received an honorary degree from Webster University in 2000. [U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Michael Worner.]

Webster University joins the worldwide music community in remembering the life of legendary jazz musician Clark Terry, who died last weekend at age 94.

A revered musician and lifelong music educator, he received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Webster University at the annual commencement ceremony in May 2000.

The St. Louis native was in the first wave of racial integration of musical groups, as he appeared on television in the early 1960’s as a lead trumpeter in the Tonight Show band. In his storied career as educator and performer, he was a mentor to Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and performed with Count Basie and Duke Ellington’s famous bands.

“Clark Terry was one of the all-time greats in jazz and went on to become one of the first jazz educators in the U.S.,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music in Webster’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. “He left an enduring mark on the field of jazz education, and his work will live on forever in the students he taught and in all of us who enjoyed his incredible talent. He will be missed.”

Read more about Clark Terry at stltoday and at Time.

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