An NEA Jazz Master and recipient of one of only three ever Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards, Clark Terry is the most prolific jazz musician in history, having appeared on 905 known recordings, making him the most recorded trumpet player of all time. He mentored Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie who called him “the greatest trumpet player on earth.”
Clark has had serious health problems in recent years, including the recent amputation of both of his legs. The Jazz Foundation of America has been helping with financial support for his physical and nursing needs and has now launched The Clark Letter Writing Campaign in conjunction with the Miles Davis Stamp Release on June 12, 2012 with La Poste in France and the United States Postal Service. Wallace Roney and his group distributed post cards for all attendees who wrote brief notes to the ailing living legend of jazz. We thank Wallace Roney, who was another Terry mentee, for donating his services.
Photo by Dale Rothenberg.