2 items from 2014
1. The movie is organic and authentic. This documentary exists because Australian first-time director and jazz drummer Alan Hicks, who had studied with trumpeter Clark Terry and toured with his band for three years, was approached by an Australian documentary channel to shoot a short piece about their friendship. When funding was pulled at the last minute, Hicks saw a missed opportunity. He and his friend Adam Hart decided that they could do it on their own. "We saved up for a year," Hicks tells me in a phone interview. "We bought one camera and plane fares and came out and started shooting with Clark." Hicks first met Clark by chance in New York in 2001. "He was in good health and touring all over the world," he says. "He had recovered from colon cancer, took me under his wing, started teaching me, and we became good mates. That's why I was »
- Anne Thompson
At the Wednesday-night premiere of the documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On” — a story of triumph over adversity that focuses on the relationship between teacher and jazz legend Clark Terry and apprentice Justin Kauflin, a young blind pianist — first-time writer-director Alan Hicks told Variety he came up with the idea while surfing with his bud Adam Hart, the film’s d.p.
Hart, a boyish Aussie who looks like he would be equally at home at the Billabong Pipeline Masters as he would behind the camera, happens to be a drummer who studied jazz at William Paterson University in New Jersey, and took private lessons from Terry, a trumpeter whose influenced such figures as Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, a producer on the film who also appears onscreen. Jones was also on hand at the event at the Landmark Theater in West Los Angeles, as was Jones’ ex-wife, Peggy Lipton, and »
- Steve Chagollan
2 items from 2014
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