After a life spent working with and teaching the most totemic figures in jazz history – Terry is one of very few figures in jazz to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands besides mentoring jazz luminaries from Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis – Terry’s guidance of the stage-shy Kauflin as he prepares to compete in an elite jazz competition forms the backbone of Hicks’ compelling story. As Kauflin confronts issues of performance anxiety, Terry must also face a serious health challenge.
Kauflin’s work with Oscar®-winning composer Dave Grusin on the film’s score sets the tone for a story that spans decades, lifetimes and the history of modern jazz and also features appearances by Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock.
"A rare musical mentorship, captured with heart and soul" - The New York Times
Keep on Keepin’ On
15 Aug - 25 Aug
Brimming with humour and compassion, this award-winning documentary by Australian filmmaker Alan Hicks explores the unique friendship between legendary nonagenarian jazz musician and mentor Clark Terry, and 23-year-old Justin Kauflin, a prodigiously talented blind pianist who suffers debilitating stage fright.