A Letter from Doc

Hi Everybody,

Doc Severinsen here, asking for your attention about a very important matter!

Clark Terry, the great jazz icon, has had and is having a very serious challenge from a disastrous diabetic condition. Clark has been giving music lessons from the hospital in Arkansas-and when I spoke with him a few days ago-he sounded like the young man I first met when we were kids. Lighthearted, happy, courageous-you know, just like he plays his music.

If you appreciate C.T. as I (and many others) always have, then it is time to step up and pay homage to one of America’s greatest musicians. Send your generous tribute to the Jazz Foundation of America*, and if you’re having a good day—-make it last forever.


PS Please do me a favor, and if you do, it will make you feel better. If you’re planning on sending a dollar or two or five or ten, think about how special Clark is, and double the amount. I thank you.

*Jazz Foundation of America website is Look under How You Can Help, then under Memory/Honor, fill out the form and indicate Clark Terry as the person to whom you would like to pay tribute.

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  1. Ted Halpern
    Posted March 28, 2016 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Everyone watching the Tonight Show loved your flashy sport jackets and the funny responses they got from Johnny Carson. Continued good health and good fortune to you for the many years of great music you have played for us, your most appreciative audiences.

    • Posted April 13, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for visiting Birminingham this season. You were pitch-perfect, swinging and melodic…more than the best! Y’all come back South and play again!

  2. Mike Nelson
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    Doc – Just witnessed your great, no make that fabulous, show with the Minnesota Orchestra. Keep up the great work and stay as young as you are forever. What a great date day for my wife and I. Mike

  3. Dave
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi Doc!

    I just sent a donation to the Jazz Foundation. What a fantastic organization that is. I’m so glad someone is watching out for the people who devoted their lives to the music we love.

    Come visit Phoenix again, soon. We miss you.


  4. Steve Newvune
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Great show in Modesto, California’s Gallo Center on 10/10. The group is tight, the sound is engaging, and Doc’s comments between songs take me back to when he’d respond to Johnny’s one-liners on the Tonight Show. He even invoked his former boss with an announcement that sales of Carson DVDs were taking place after the show with a comment,”Johnny called me, and said there was a poker game up there and he was losing. He asked that we sell some DVDs to help him out. Johnny said, “I carried you for 30 years, now it’s your turn to carry me.’”

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