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Keep on Keepin' On

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/9780520268463.003.0053
Keep on Keepin' On

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The death of Duke Ellington, his wife, and troubles with family, were all hard to bear for Clark Terry. Clark stayed with his music, recorded more albums, played more concerts, and did more interviews and in June of 1980, the Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camp was founded. It was the first time that Clark did his own jazz camp. In this chapter, Clark describes his experiences with his students during the preparation for the jazz camp. Whenever he could give jazz lessons to students, he did. The rest of the time, he was traveling and gigging. Between gigs in the States, Norman Granz hired Clark for a tour in Japan, and he did a lot of work around Europe. Clark also started playing in different jazz parties. During the same time, Clark faced a lot of health ailments. He had to get a microsurgery done for his back, and his vision became blurry.

Keywords: death; jazz camp; Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camp; jazz lessons; gigging; health ailments

Chapter.  3794 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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