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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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Leaving Basie

Leaving Basie

(p.126) 28. Leaving Basie

Gwen Terry

University of California Press

Clark's decision to leave Count Basie's band to join Duke Ellington was not an easy one. This news came to Basie with Clark lying about his illness as the reason for being away from the band. Basie was easy with Clark leaving and assured him that his place in the band was always open. Clark waited to have his firt experience with Duke Ellington, but Duke's checks came regularly through the mail, while Clark jammed around town and played scab gigs. A short time later, he joined Local 197 of the American Federation of Musicians, the colored union in St. Louis. During the same time, Clark rekindled his relationship with Sy, who had taught him a lot about jazz and music, giving him lessons, taking him to rehearsals, and pointing him in the right directions.

Keywords:   Clark, Duke Ellington, Sy, American Federation of Musicians, jazz

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