Good luck to Al Hicks who has successfully raised his money to fly to America to make his documentary of Clark Terry

"Australian filmmakers Alan Hicks and Adam Hart are near to completion on their “dream project" to depict and bring to the screen the mentoring legacy of legendary jazz trumpeter, Clark Terry. Using a reality format, these brilliant filmmakers have followed the interaction of the 90 year-old Lifetime Achievement Grammy®-winning jazz trumpet superstar with student musicians. The fascinating documentary is titled: “Keep On Keepin' On"—a signature phrase Terry has used in his eight-decade career to inspire and motivate students. It is a list that includes both Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, both of whose careers Terry mentored and impacted.

“"Keep On Keepin' On" started as a casual conversation in the surf between Adam and I," musician/Co-producer Hicks said in a recent promotion. “The idea took full hold when I became a member of Clark Terry's Jazz ensemble at William Paterson University. Clark has been wonderful and totally committed to this effort," he added.

The film focuses primarily on Mr. Terry's unique teaching approach and his interaction with the musicians—Justin Kauflin, a 24 year-old blind pianist and drummer Alan Hicks, 27—and their reactions to and exchanges with the Master teacher. Terry, a former boxer as a youth, pulls no punches in detailing to these students what he's learned and what it takes to achieve levels of mastery and success in the highly competitive world of music."  From All About Jazz

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Editor of Jazz Australia, formerly contributor to Sydney Morning Herald and Women's Money Magazine Music programmer and producer