HARK! IT'S CLARK
Authors and twin sisters Mona and Lesa Terry present their latest storybook tale that’s sure to inspire a generation of young musicians and creative artists.
Hark! It’s Clark is a tale of endurance and fortitude
that springs from the Terry’s own family history. Cousin and
Jazz legend Clark Terry forged a career in music from the most humble of beginnings as a young man. This delightful story unfolds as Clark discovers his love for the horn in a most unusual setting - a junkyard!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
The Terry sisters are both professional musicians, as well as composers and educators. From her Seattle studio,
Mona guides piano and harp students with a formula that inspires courage and self discovery. She believes in the restorative power of music and uses it as a healing medium for holistic health. Living in Los Angeles, Lesa is an accomplished violinist and professor at Santa Monica College where she teaches Jazz in American Culture.
She also lectures internationally, specializing in improvisational language on string instruments.
The Terry twins remain dedicated to carrying forward the legacy of Jazz icon and cousin Clark Terry
through this whimsical depiction of one of his early childhood experiences. Their inspiration for Hark! It’s Clark
emanates from a deep family connection with cousin Clark, who taught them to place a high value on
positivity and spontaneity. As “Cee Tee” often said, “When we apply these principles,
the music is fun and most importantly, it swings!”
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Illustrator Bernie Rollins lends his extensive experience and bold, colorful style to bring Clark’s story to life.
Mr. Rollin's artistic passion is rooted in the vibrancy of Jazz as a true American art form. In these pages, the reader
can feel the ups and downs and turn-arounds that characterize Clark Terry’s quest for a trumpet.
Bernie’s son Brent Rollins adds his gift of graphic design to help make each page a joy to discover.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"An extremely gifted musician who also had the gift of
teaching the young and old with a wink and a smile..."
Herb Alpert - Legendary trumpet player, platinum and gold albums, philanthropist
“What a wonderful journey of imagination, rhythm and rhyme...
here to inspire hearts young and old...simply sublime!
Clark would always share his knowledge with you,
giving encouragement and wisdom to help you get through.
This story is filled with the joys of life that he knew.
May it serve to help all your dreams come true!”
Dianne Reeves - American Jazz Singer, 2015 Best Jazz Vocal Album, 2018 NEA award recipient
“You have an interactive process here that introduces children to a venue we rarely experience.
It teaches and invites the child to develop new skills in comprehension and personal expression.”
Maxine Mimms PhD - Educator and Founder Evergreen State College, Tacoma, Washington
“Clark Terry was more than a great musician; he was equal parts warrior and wizard, and most of all,
a storyteller. He is a link to our history, and mythology - he IS the embodiment of democracy set to
rhythm and tune. With this delightful book, children and families will be able to experience
some of the magic and joy that was Cee Tee's incredible life, and perhaps aspire
to the heights of humanity that was his calling card.”
Todd Stoll - Vice President Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center
HARK! IT'S CLARK