The Fine Arts Society of Peoria and the Peoria Riverfront Museum will present “Keep on Keepin’ On” at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, in the Museum’s Giant Screen Theater.
This documentary film is a tribute to the life of a jazz trumpeter recognized by other jazz musicians as an inspiration, teacher, and mentor. Clark Terry, who instructed Quincy Jones and mentored Miles Davis, becomes mentor to a young blind pianist, Justin Kauflin, who suffers from crippling stage fright. The aging Terry helps Kauflin prepare for an elite international competition. The film is an affectionate, inspiring account of the 93-year-old teacher plying his craft with dedication despite life’s challenges as his 23-year-old student strives to overcome his own difficulties.
Terry won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He played in both the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands, and his life was an inspiration to many iconic musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, and Dizzie Gillespie.
“Keep on Keepin’ On” is rated R for language that occurs rarely and is incidental to the story. The film is highly recommended by jazz musicians in Peoria. Admission at the door is $10 for adults; free to students.
Free covered parking is available at the Museum; enter on Water Street.