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Clark Terry and Gwen Terry

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268463

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268463.001.0001

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12. Jailed

Gwen Terry

University of California Press

The attacking of the Pearl Harbor by the Japanese resulted in a war and unrest. It was this time that Clark Terry decided to go back to St. Louis. To earn some money, he took a gig at the Southern Barbecue, Michigan, where he played with Tim Jones, John Cameron, and Basie. But the job only lasted two weeks and Clark blew his earnings by gambling. In order to make this up, he decided to gig in Flint, Michigan, but he needed money for travel. In this chapter, Clark describes his interaction with Beaver, and their travel to Flint. It was during this journey that Beaver and Clark ended up being jailed and beaten up by the police who mistook them for pimps. It was after nine days that they managed to escape jail by convincing the police that they were musicians.

Keywords:   Pearl Harbor, Clark, Beaver, jail, gig

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