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ClarkThe Autobiography of Clark Terry$
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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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Big Debt

Big Debt

(p.115) 26. Big Debt

Gwen Terry

University of California Press

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

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