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I have no hard and fast numbers on this but I
believe most jazz musicians do not think of themselves as mentors. You
want to learn? You sit in. Maybe you'll pick up some good habits. (Some
very bad ones, too.) You learned from the masters by listening to and playing
with. Clark Terry was different. The first line of his Times obituary used the words "popular," "influential,"
and "jazz education." (Miles Davis's obit had "elusive
touchstone.") His mission was to have fun, play with everyone, and teach
anyone who crossed his path. Even Miles. He worked with them all, Ellington and
Basie, Mingus and Monk. He played for Johnny Carson and jingle-writers. When he
was a child, he fashioned a horn out of junkyard metals, and the neighbors were
either so impressed or so appalled that they took up a collection and bought
him a trumpet. He paid that kindness forward for the rest of his life, writing
jazz instruction books, teaching clinics and college, advising jazz institutes
and taking kids under his wing to gently usher them into the jazz life. He
lived a nice long jazz life himself. Clark Terry was 94.
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