Celebrated jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and educator Clark Terry has entered hospice care. A message on his website asks fans to pray for Terry, who is 94 and has been in failing health for several years due to advanced diabetes.
"It is with a heavy heart we share that our beloved Clark Terry is now in hospice care," the message reads. "[His wife] Gwen and the health care team are making sure that Clark is as comfortable as possible. During this time the family is asking for your prayers."
A native of St. Louis, Terry rose to fame as a sideman for two legends of swing/big band music, first performing with Count Basie between 1948-1951 and then Duke Ellington from 1951-1959. Terry holds the distinction of being one of few who played in both bands.