“The world has lost one of the greatest trumpeters to ever grace the planet. Clark Terry was my first trumpet teacher as a teen in Seattle, my idol and my brother,” Jones said in a statement today. “When he left the Basie and Ellington bands, also two of my idols, to join mine, [it] was one of the most humbling moments in my life. I hope the world will remember and celebrate the enormous contributions that Clark has made to America’s musical lexicon. I will miss my mentor and friend terribly.”
Jones was 13 when he began studying under Terry, and the two musicians have been consistent collaborators throughout their careers, notably on the Jones-helmed album Big Band Bossa Nova in 1962. Jones also produced the 2014 documentary Keep on Keepin’ On, which chronicled Terry’s mentorship of the blind, 23-year-old piano talent Justin Kauflin ahead of his entry into a major international competition.