Clark Terry (born December 14, 1920 in St. Louis), nicknamed Mumbles, is an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the fluegelhorn in jazz, educator, and NEA Jazz Master.
Clark Terry attended Vashon High School, and began his professional career in St. Louis in the early 1940s by playing in local clubs before joining a Navy band during World War II. Throughout his career, he blended the St. Louis tone of his youth with contemporary styles.
What Other People Say
"Clark Terry," writes Chuck Berg, "is one of contemporary music's great innovators, and justly celebrated for his great technical virtuosity, swinging lyricism, and impeccable good taste. Combining these with the gifts of a great dramatist, Clark is a master storyteller whose spellbinding musical 'tales' leave audiences thrilled and always awaiting more. 
In 1996, Terry was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
- Clark Terry on Wikipedia - more info on his life outside St. Louis