Chapter

Big Debt

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/9780520268463.003.0026
Big Debt

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This chapter describes the moment of the breaking up of Count Basie's band. This came about because of the huge debts that Basie had created for himself through gambling on horses. It was this time that Clark and others left the band with the hope of reuniting in the form of a small group. After heading back to St. Louis, Clark awaited Basie's call, and meanwhile took up some local work. At the same time, Clark got even closer to realizing his dream of jazz education, when he got a call from Duke Ellington to join his band. The few gigs Clark did with Duke Ellington was no less than moments of ecstasy for him. Soon after, Clark got the much-awaited call from Basie to join his band. The band gigged at the Brass Rail for a few months and began Clark's association with Quincy Jones.

Keywords: Basie; Duke Ellington; jazz educator; Quincy Jones; Clark

Chapter.  3311 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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