HERBIE HANCOCK, ESPERANZA SPALDING, DIANNE REEVES, ROY HARGROVE AND JUSTIN KAUFLIN TO PERFORM AFTER PREMIERE OF KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK, NY (APRIL 16, 2014) – Quincy Jones, producer of Keep On Keepin’ On has organized a jazz-lover’s dream concert after the premiere of the film at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 19th at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove and Justin Kauflin will grace the stage of the theater after the initial screening to honor jazz legend Clark Terry, who stars in the film.
In Keep On Keepin’ On 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.
American Express Card Members have the exclusive opportunity to take part in the exciting evening. As a dedicated sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express offers unparalleled access for its Card Members; from a Card Member only early ticketing window to exclusive events, including Saturday’s world premiere of Keep On Keepin’ On.