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Keep on Keepin' On (2014)

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A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.


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Credited cast:
Candy ... Herself
Terri Lyne Carrington ... Herself
Quincy Cavers ... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
Frank Kauflin ... Himself
... Himself
Phylis Kauflin ... Herself
... Herself
Mulgrew Miller ... Himself
Kevin Neaton ... Clark Terry Small Group
Harold O'Neal ... Himself
... Herself
Arturo Sandoval ... Himself


First-time director/drummer from Australia, Alan Hicks, convinced his surfing mate and cinematographer, Adam Hart, to travel to the U.S. to follow and film 89-year-old jazz legend, Clark Terry (Quincy Jones's first teacher) over four years - to document an unlikely mentorship between Terry and a driven, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, 23. Clark, now 93, mentored Miles Davis as a young musician and is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. In Keep On Keepin' On, as Justin is invited to compete in an elite, international competition while battling terrible stage fright, Clark's health takes a critical turn for the worse. Over the course of filming, Clark loses his sight, which deepens his bond with Justin. As clocks tick, we are suddenly witness to two great friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives. The film, from the producer of The Cove and Chasing Ice, captures the passing of the torch from a ... Written by Alan Hicks

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Their love of music inspired the friendship of a lifetime.



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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 March 2015 (Netherlands)  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,930, 19 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$162,530, 12 December 2014
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Absolute must see!!
28 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

The film tells the story of blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, who suffers terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry who's battling illness. Not only will this movie take you through time and space with great archives and quotes from legends such as Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones who produced the film, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis but you'll, in my case, discover the life of Clark Terry, who is known to be the greatest trumpet player of all time and one of the greatest human beings in the world of jazz. At 94 years old, he's still teaching and transmitting to a generation of young jazz musicians his passion and dedication to excellence. It's not everyday your soul is fed by such incredible humanity, humility and musical talent.

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