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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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6. Nigga

Gwen Terry

University of California Press

In this chapter, Clark Terry narrates his experiences of live performances and shows. He describes how, with an average of seven shows in a day, he barely had time to even eat. This was not exactly Clark's dream, but it provided him with a livelihood. Clark's real dream was to play jazz and he longed to fulfill his dream. He then describes how watching a clarinet player perform in front of a large audience, at first made him feel in awe, and gradually became his inspiration to play the same notes on his horn using “circular breathing.” Furthermore, he shares his experience of his final show, which was almost ruined because of a thunderstorm, and which led to his coming across a white man, who, much to his surprise, saved his life.

Keywords:   Clark Terry, shows, jazz, dream, circular breathing, white man

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