Saxophonist Terry Clements

Saxophonist Terry Clements

Born March 27, 1939
Saxophonist Terry Clements
Terry Clements in center playing sax with Janis in Germany

Terry Clements has a relatively small internet footprint. There is another Terry Clements, a guitarist who played with Gordon Lightfoot for four decades.

This Terry Clements played saxophone with Janis Joplin’s briefly formed Kozmic Blues Band at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and that’s why I’ve put together this small piece as I’ve tried to do for all the Woodstock performers.

Electric Flag

Terry Clements also played with the Electric Flag, Leonard Schaeffer, Buddy Miles, Stoneground,  and Michael Bloomfield.

The Electric Flag 1968 album is a live one featuring vocals by Erma Franklin, Aretha’s older sister. The album, as you can imagine, is loud and proud.

Saxophonist Terry Clements

Leonard Schaeffer/Buddy Miles

Leonard Schaeffer is not a common name and his music leans far away from the Electric Flag’s sound. Terry plays sax on Schaeffer’s album, A Boy and His Dog (but not on this cut).

Saxophonist Terry Clements

Jimi & Janis

He joined the Janis’s Kozmic Blues Band in December 1968 and toured with the band for its brief time, but he sat in with Jimi Hendrix on June 22, 1969 at the Newport festival in Devonshire Downs, CA. By the way, Jimi played the Star Spangled Banner that day, too.

Saxophonist Terry Clements


AllMusic lists Terry as a member of Stoneground for their 1972 Stoneground 3 album. Wikipedia states that, “Stoneground was a rock band formed in 1970 in Concord, California. Originally a trio, Stoneground expanded to a 10-piece band by the time of their eponymous 1971 debut album. The group appeared in two films, Medicine Ball Caravan (1971) and Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), and released three albums before singer Sal Valentino quit in 1973. “

Other than several albums that are reissues of Janis Joplin material,  the internet suggests that Terry has been professionally quiet or at least under the radar.

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Saxophonist Terry Clements

And in February 2023 the following comment was added to this post by a Steve Becker:

Terry played in my band, Stormy Weather in the mid 80’s in Asheville, NC. He had moved to Cullowee, NC and bought a farm. We were the House band at the Radisson Hotel for 10 years. This tall, blonde BRIT walked in one night & asked if we could use a sax player. He grabbed it from his car & tore it up with us that night. I hired him on the spot. We loved playing with him till he retired to farming and being a carpenter as well. When i saw him on the Ed Sullivan show & the Woodstock movie with Janice….I knew how lucky we had been. Assuming he still lives in the mtns of NC.