Tennis Shoe Pimp

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:
Tennis Shoe Pimp

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This chapter describes Clark Terry's association with Feather, a prostitute who described him as her “tennis shoe pimp because he didn't beat her,” and he also talks about his gigs at the Grenada. It was in December of 1941 that Clark began gigging with Checkers' band. And it was the same time that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. When it happened there was unrest all around and people were panicking and crying. The radio programs appealed to people to join the army. War was declared. It was at the gig that night that Clark played “Blue Moon”, and suddenly, the atmosphere calmed, almost being controlled by the music. This made Clark realize the undeniable power of jazz and he started to play it deeper than ever before.

Keywords: tennis shoe pimp; Grenada; Pearl Harbor; Blue Moon; jazz

Chapter.  775 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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