Legendary jazz musician Clark Terry dead at 94
NEW YORK (AP) — A Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter who played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on “The Tonight Show” has died. Clark Terry was 94.
Terry’s wife announced his death on his website late Saturday night. Gwen Terry’s statement didn’t give any details. She did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.
Terry started playing music as a child. After a stint in the Navy from 1942-1945, he worked in a number of bands, joining Count Basie’s orchestra in 1948 and Duke Ellington’s in 1951. In 1960, he joined the house band for “The Tonight Show” and stayed for over a decade. He was also a frequent performer and recording artist.
In 2010, he was the given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.