The award-winning film Keep on Keepin’ On depicts the friendship of music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89 and Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy. Kauflin, who suffers from debilitating stage fright, is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, just as Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives. The film screening will be followed by a live performance by The Justin Kauflin Trio.
Clark Terry is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the ‘60s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African- American staff musician at NBC on "The Tonight Show." Terry was also Quincy Jones’ first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. Justin Kauflin is an award-winning American jazz pianist, composer, producer, educator, and Quincy Jones Artist. He has recorded on 31 albums, published 29 original compositions and produced four albums. He also composed the score to the film.