Friday, June 8, 2012

Clark Terry '69

Backstage of Montreux Jazz Festival 1969 with Clark Terry and Norman Granz.


  1. Ehsan,

    My name is Tad Hershorn, an archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and author of the recently published "Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice" (University of California Press, 2011).

    This is a wonderful film, full of behind the scenes vignettes that most audiences never see. The man who Clark encounters coming down the stairs is Pete Cavello, Ella Fitzgerald's road manager to whom the book is partially dedicated.

    Any additional information on this film would be appreciated. You may reach me offline at

    Thanks for posting this.


  2. The man greeting Terry (00:27) looks like drummer Ed Thigpen. The man with the goatee is Géo Voumard, one of the co-founders of the Montreux Festival. Ernie Wilkins is on 2:19.


  3. This is from Bruyninckx's discography, about the album Clark Terry Acc By The International Festival Big Band (Polydor (G)24-5002)

    Clark Terry (tp,flhrn,tp-mouthpiece,pocket-tp,plunget-tp,vcl)
    Richard Rousselet, Rudolf Tomsits, Franja Jenc, Hans Kennel (tp)
    Raymond Droz, Zdenek Pulec, Frøde Thingnaes (tb)
    Eero Koivistoinen, Erik Andresen (as)
    Ernie Wilkins, Bruno Spoerri (ts)
    George Vukan (p) Louis Stewart (g) Benoit Charvet or Hugo Rasmussen (b) Franco Manzecchi (d) Dave Pike (vib) Steve Boston (cga)
    Ernie Wilkins (arr)

    The recording is dated June 22nd, 1969, same date as the footage, I presume.

    Now you only have to match faces and names :)


  4. Robert Klein suggests on Facebook that Tommy Flanagan is there (2:21) and that the blonde lady talking to Ernie Wilkins may be Helen Keane (2:15).

    1. It might really be Helen Keane (2:21) as she produced the record for POLYDOR. Furthermore, at 1:59 Clark Terry is embracing my father Franco Manzecchi who was the drummer of the festival band this night.

      Great clip, folks.