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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.


Alan Hicks
14 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Candy Candy ... Herself
Terri Lyne Carrington Terri Lyne Carrington ... Herself
Quincy Cavers Quincy Cavers ... Himself
Bill Cosby ... Himself
Herbie Hancock ... Himself
Quincy Jones ... Himself
Frank Kauflin Frank Kauflin ... Himself
Justin Kauflin ... Himself
Phylis Kauflin Phylis Kauflin ... Herself
Sandi McCree ... Herself
Mulgrew Miller Mulgrew Miller ... Himself
Kevin Neaton Kevin Neaton ... Clark Terry Small Group
Harold M. O'Neal ... Himself (as Harold O'Neal)
Dianne Reeves ... Herself
Arturo Sandoval 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) See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,930, 19 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$162,530, 12 December 2014
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Quincy Jones was Clark Terry's first Student. See more »

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1 February 2015 | by betsyrcSee all my reviews

This is a heart-warming, even encouraging film. I saw it this afternoon at the SB Int. Film Festival on the recommendation of a friend. Not a musician, I learned a lot about jazz, about musicians and, especially, about friendship and mentoring. Others have told the story of Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin, so I won't repeat it. What it's really about is friendship and generosity and caring and love. With archival photos as well as scenes from the Montreux Jazz Festival, and made thanks to the generosity of many, including Kickstarter supporters, and especially Quincy Jones, over the course of four years, this first film by the director is a jewel of a film, deserving of wide viewing.

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