Chapter

The Big Apple

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/9780520268463.003.0016
The Big Apple

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Amid the darkness of war and the news of his father's illness, it was jazz that kept Clark's spirit alive. At the same time, he had made his mind to divorce his wife and began contacting attorneys. In the following year, large troops came through his camp and the camp helped Len Bowden with fifteen, eighteen, and sometimes even twenty-five piece bands. Racism was still strong, but Clark had to deal with it in order to master his craft. His new goal was to save money to go to New York and play in a club. He got his divorce, along with the custody of his son and even managed to save up and go to New York, the Big Apple. It was there, as Clark says in his autobiography, he heard the best jazz, and was called by a jazz clarinetist Tony Scott.

Keywords: jazz; racism; New York; the Big Apple; Tony Scott

Chapter.  1206 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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