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Big Dreams

Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0001
Big Dreams

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This chapter presents an introduction to the life history of Clark Terry, as a part of his autobiographical account. It provides an account of how Clark Terry made his first trumpet using scraps from a junkyard, with the help of his friend, in his hometown, St. Louis, in Missouri in 1931. It throws light on how Clark came to create music, in the form of jazz. His inspiration was Duke Ellington's band, which he had heard on a graphophone. Twenty years later, after a lot of struggles and tests, he was hired by Duke. This was the kick-start that made way for his dreams and eventually, changed his entire life. Gradually, his dream molded into helping young musicians to make their dreams come true, which became his supreme joy and his greatest aspiration.

Keywords: Clark Terry; life history; trumpet; Duke Ellington; young musicians

Chapter.  568 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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