Clark Terry: Jazz Postmodernist

When Dizzy Gillespie said, “The professional is the guy who can do it twice,” he might have been thinking of Clark Terry, whom he once referred to as “the quintessential trumpet player.” Clark had a long and ceaselessly productive life. He was a star sideman in the big band era, a civil-rights pioneer in recording studios, an educator and mentor to generations of musicians, and…

Softly, With Feeling: Joe Wilder

Joe Wilder, who died on Friday at 92, was among the accomplished group of players who made the transition from road musician to studio player after the swing era to become part of the most-recorded generation of musicians in history.