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Len Bowden

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/9780520268463.003.0013
Len Bowden

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The attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in war and disruption. The penniless Clark Terry decided to go back to his sister's house. It was during this time that Clark came to know about Len Bowden's band and music. Len Bowden was a veteran player who played trombone, and offered a gig to Clark. Clark readily agreed to be a part of the gig. Although nervous, he concentrated on his faith in jazz. He desperately needed money, and this was also the time when he met up with his wife Sissy and his son after a hiatus of many years. Visiting Sissy's small flat made Clark realize that she too, needed money. Hence, the pay after the gig became even more important for Clark. The gig proved to be a success. The dance floor was crowded with fancy dancers and Clark blew his heart out.

Keywords: Pearl Harbor; Clark; Len Bowden; gig; jazz

Chapter.  859 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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