This Day in History: 1920-12-14

Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, started by playing homemade trumpet made from garden hose, played with the Tom Powell Drum and Bulge Corps at 13 (1933-35), after high school played with Dollar Bill and the Small Change and other groups, played on riverboats, joined the Navy in WWII and played in Great Lakes Naval Station, after service joined Lionel Hampton’s band, played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington (1951-59), toured with Quincy Jones Orch, played in the NBC studio staff orch, and thus played with Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show band (1960-72), then played with his B.A.D. Band, co-led quintet with Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, played with most jazz greats, participated in hundreds of jazz festivals, recorded 100 albums as leader (and many others), composed more than 200 songs, awarded many times, born in St. Louis, Missouri.