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Bandleader 101

by Su Terry

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Clark Bars 04:23
Avalon 04:50
Gabrielle 04:23
Mother Mom 05:40
Mrs. Martin 05:19


This was Su Terry's very first record date as a bandleader. Clark Terry was the special guest on trumpet. The date was produced by the legendary Helen Keane, who worked with pianist Bill Evans among many other greats. The drummer was Charli Persip, another legend, who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine and countless others.

The date took place on two days in July of 1993 during a massive heat wave in New York City. The original analog tapes were lost. The recording was rescued by the archived digital files.

Clark Terry was unable to read any music for the date due to his diminishing vision. In order to make it easy for him, Su arranged the 3 tunes he played on so that she and trombonist Clark Gayton played the harmony parts around Clark Terry's melody part.

CT used to call Su "Sis" although they are unrelated. They had many opportunities to perform together over the years, and CT graciously agreed to be the special guest on Su's first recording as a bandleader.


released July 7, 1994

Su Terry: alto saxophone
Clark Gayton: trombone and tuba
Carlton Holmes: piano
Leon Lee Dorsey: bass
Charli Persip: drums
Eli Fountain: percussion

Produced by Helen Keane
Recorded in July 1993

Cover photo by Jill Waterman.
Many thanks to Howard Johnson who advised how to mic the tuba.


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