geo geller

February 22, 2015

Clark Mumbles Terry: a conversation with Clark Terry’s Hands with Nat Hentoff

Filed under: — GeoGeller @ 7:32 pm

Clark, Mumbles, Terry, Jazz Trumpeter left his body at 94 on 2/21/2015 he left a whole lot more behind – a short film i shot i call “a conversation with Clark Terry’s hands” when he was 85 for my Framing New York: Art in New York and New York in Art documentary – the conversation was with Nat Hentoff at IAJE 1/13/2005 – i was sitting in third row and trying to figure out how i was going to frame the shot when the guys head was in the frame until i gave up and stop fighting it and realized it framed itself and was a conversation with Clark Terry’s hands – this is part one of two parts now if i can only find part two – hmmm – (its raw and unedited and just what it was)
excerpt from the guardian (link below ny times)
Righthanded, he taught himself to manipulate the valves with his left hand too, and could even play the trumpet upside down with the backs of the fingers of either hand. This enabled him to play flugelhorn in one hand and muted trumpet in the other, swapping four-bar exchanges with himself. Jazz has always involved a combination of aesthetics and athletics, and Terry had great mastery in both.

included in playlist is a wonderful moment out of time of
Clark Mumbles Terry holding court with Aretha Franklin & Clark Terry | MUMBLES | 2001 – food for the imagination

the nytimes article is over here

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