While at Tribeca Film Festival we had the honor of being in an roundtable interview with Quincy Jones, Justin Kauflin and Alan Hicks. The star (Justin Kauflin), the producer (Quincy Jones) and the director (Alan Hicks) of the film "Keep On Keepin." In Keep On Keepin’ a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, who suffers terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89. Over the course of filming, Terry begins to lose his sight as an unlikely bond begins to take hold. When Justin is invited to compete in an elite international competition, Clark’s health takes a turn for the worse. As clocks tick, we are suddenly witness to two friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives. Terry, now 93, was Quincy Jones’ first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. He 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. The film is by first-time director Al Hicks, seven time Academy Award nominated producer Quincy Jones and producer Paula DuPre’ Pesmen from the Academy Award winning The Cove and Chasing Ice. The film has won best new documentary at the festival and I must say it's a must see. You can hear our interview below. A huge thanks and congrats to Quincy, Justin and Alan.
|Justin (Otakus and Geeks) & Quincy Jones|