09/04/14

Clark Terry Documentary to Be Released

Focuses on trumpeter music and mentoring

Keep On Keepin’ On, a new documentary film about trumpeter Clark Terry and his mentee, the young blind pianist Justin Kauflin, will premiere in Los Angeles on Sept. 19 and New York on Oct. 3. Other markets will be announced later. The film, described as “a celebration of Clark's life but also about his dedication to his students and informal mentees,” is being released by RADiUS, a division of the Weinstein Company. It has won awards from the 2014 TriBeCa Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival.

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Dawn DeBlaze

Clark Terry at American Jazz Museum

Al Hicks, a first time filmmaker and former student of Terry’s at William Paterson University, “explores the legendary trumpeter's commitment to passing the torch, as he fosters emerging musicians well into his 90s,” says a press release, which continues: “The film highlights his friendship with the preternaturally gifted Justin Kauflin, a blind, 23-year-old piano phenomenon.” Kauflin co-wrote the original score with Dave Grusin.

For more information, visit Keep On Keepin' On.

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