A new documentary about music legend Clark Terry opened earlier this month. “Keep On Keepin’ On” is Alan Hicks’s look at the relationship between the trumpeter Clark Terry and the young pianist Justin Kauflin.
Clark Terry is an affiliate professor of music at the University of New Hampshire. He’s had a 40-year relationship with the institution. Music Professor Dave Seiler brought Terry to UNH in the mid-1970s to headline his new jazz festival. Thus started a long friendship between the two and an ongoing affiliation, with Terry returning to UNH annually to perform and record with scores of UNH students and faculty members. Terry has led student tours of Europe and, in 1976, fronted the UNH Jazz Band that became the first college ensemble ever to play on an evening bill at the famed Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. UNH awarded Terry an honorary doctorate, his first, in 1978, and the Pettee Medal in 2002.