Clark Terry Honored With The Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award
(Published: December 11, 2009)
The Recording Academy® announced its this year's recipients including: Clark Terry as Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
"This year's honorees are a prestigious group of diverse and prominent creators who have contributed some of the most distinguished and influential recordings," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations, and will continue to influence generations to come. It is an honor and privilege to recognize such talented individuals who have had and will continue to have such an influence in both our culture and the music industry."
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium while the Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers %26 Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.
Considered to be one of the early pioneers to use a flugelhorn in jazz, Clark Terry has worked with a number of artists including Charlie Barnet, George Hudson and Duke Ellington, with whom he recorded several albums in the late '50s. Additionally, he recorded with an array of groups including Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and the Quincy Jones Orchestra. After appearing on the highly successful recording Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One, he joined "The Tonight Show" orchestra where he remained for 12 years before going back to work on a duet album with Peterson. Today, Terry continues to perform and record for a variety of jazz albums.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards - the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music - The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit
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