[Dixielandjazz] Brad Terry, Clarinetist Supreme

Charlie Hooks charliehooks2 at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 14 15:05:46 PDT 2005

Brad Terry, who is a friend of mine and of every musician who ever 
had the good fortune to hear him, used to sit in often with my band 
at a Sunday brunch we did for over 20 years in a Chicago suburb.   
The last time he came in he brought with him several young musicians 
from Denmark where he was living most of the year.  Brad is 
absolutely an amazing player, and an even more amazing whistler.   He 
can whistle be-bop lines at light speed, always in tune and without 
apparent effort.

I can't find a web page for him, but Rusty Jones (Isham II) may have 
heard from him.   I've left a message on Rusty's machine and await 
his call back.   Rusty won't buy a computer for some unfathomable 

Brad is also a good friend of Buddy DeFranco, whose email address I 
seem to have lost along with so many others when I switched operating 
systems awhile back.  But Buddy might be a good source for info if 
any of you guys have his address.


On Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at 04:21 PM, Robert Newman wrote:

> In the mid-eighties a wonderful clarinetist by the name of Brad 
> Terry sat in with us, the Fulton Street Jazz Band, at the Monterey 
> Dixieland Jazz Festival.      In fact he sat in a couple or three 
> times that weekend because he enjoyed it and so did I, a fellow 
> clarinet player.    He was playing with the Abalone Stompers at the 
> time with Jackie Coon and Jackson Stock and Eddie Graham.
> His style was so smoothly cool and his harmonic ideas so perfectly 
> advanced I really dug him.     He gave me an LP he had made with the 
> guitarist Lennie Breau.    It's wonderful.    Just the two of them 
> playing in a private living room.    He didn't stay in Monterey very 
> long -- probably had to make more bread than Monterey offered.
> Anybody know where he is now?     It's twenty years later and 
> getting dark.
> Bob Newman
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