Chapter

Mumbles

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/9780520268463.003.0044
Mumbles

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In this chapter, Clark shares his experience on the show; where Johnny played a popular game called “Stump the Band,” on the Tonight Show. The requests from the audience were named “mumbles” by Clark Terry, as this described how they sounded to him. Later, he recorded “mumbles” with Bob Brookmeyer. “Mumbles” became popular among musicians, as well as the audience. Bob Brookmeyer and Clark developed a mutual admiration for each other and they loved playing together, so much so that they got a little group together in the early 1960s and named it the Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer Quintet and got a nice gig going at the Half Note. They recorded many albums together and won the DownBeat Jazz Critics Poll award. “Mumbles” was nominated for the Grammy and became the most requested tune of Clark's career.

Keywords: Stump the band; mumbles; Bob Brookmeyer; the Tonight Show; Grammy; DownBeat Jazz Critics Poll award

Chapter.  1199 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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