The 83-year-old jazz legend's donation includes instruments, sheet music, recordings, and correspondence, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. The university will create the Clark Terry Archive to house the materials.
Terry played in the big bands of two swing giants, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, in the late 1940s and '50s, and in the NBC Orchestra in the '60s. Expert in both swing and bebop, he began leading his own groups in the mid '50s, recording with such leading beboppers as Kenny Clarke and Thelonious Monk. Terry is also a prominent author and jazz educator.