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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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The Vashon High Swingsters

The Vashon High Swingsters

4. The Vashon High Swingsters

Gwen Terry

University of California Press

This chapter throws light on the start of the second phase of Clark Terry's life, at his sister's apartment. He grew up during this phase of his life, making new friends, and keeping his association with his trumpet and jazz. It was his sister's husband, who started imparting lessons on jazz to him. He also narrated the independent melodies of the different sections in big bands. These jazz lessons taught him the concepts of horizontal components, vertical textures, and temporal dimensions. Furthermore, this chapter describes how Clark used to spend long hours practicing on his trumpet. Although he felt he was not good, he kept going. He yearned to be a professional jazz musician but the fear of his father never went out of Clark's mind. Eventually, he was able to go to the Vashon High School, which lifted his spirits of learning and practicing jazz.

Keywords:   Clark Terry, trumpet, jazz, Vashon high school, jazz lessons

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