Clark Terry (center) at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception in 2010
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Jazz Trumpeter Clark Terry Dies
Influential jazz trumpeter Clark Terry died Feb. 21 in Pine Bluff, Ark., following complications from diabetes. He was 94. Over a career spanning more than seven decades, Terry was known as a first-rate session musician, accomplished sideman and bandleader. He collaborated with a variety of jazz luminaries, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Thelonious Monk. He also served as a mentor to generations of jazz musicians, including fellow trumpeter Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. Terry received a 1964 GRAMMY nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance — Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group for what became the signature recording of his career, "Mumbles," the first of four career GRAMMY nominations. As a member of the house band for "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in the '60s, Terry became one of the first African-American musicians to hold a staff position at a television network. An advocate for music education, he served in advisory capacities for the International Association of Jazz Educators and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. In 1991 Terry earned an NEA Jazz Masters fellowship. He was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.