Welcome back, hope you all had a restful break! I wanted to let you all know about a fundraiser the Lyric Cinema is doing for the Poudre Jazz Bands.
Next Monday night, they will be showing a great new documentary entitled 'Keep On Keepin' On'. It's about the great jazz trumpet player Clark Terry, and his mentor relationship with a young, blind pianist named Justin Kauflin. If you're not familiar with Clark, here's a quick bio; Clark played as a featured soloist in the bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie through the 40's and 50's, and was a big influence on Miles Davis (they both grew up in St. Louis) and Dizzy Gillespie (who called Clark 'the greatest trumpet player on earth') among countless others. After leaving Ellington's band, Clark became the first African-American staff musician on the 'Tonight Show' band and shortly thereafter broke down a ton of other racial barriers as a studio musician. Clark has devoted the last several decades of his life to education (although he was an active performer well into his 80's). I was really fortunate to attend the Clark Terry Jazz Camp as a senior in high school, and working with Clark and the rest of the phenomenal staff really changed my musical life! Clark has appeared on over 900 recordings, and was has literally played with EVERYBODY!! He was also a 2010 recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. In short, he's the man! Clark celebrated his 94th birthday last month, and is one of the last 'old school' jazz greats still around.
The show is at the Lyric Cinema on Monday, January 12 at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $12, and all proceeds go to the PHS Jazz Program. Hope you can make it! Tell your friends, the show is really inspiring and you don't have to be a 'band geek' at all to really love it!
Thanks for your time and support!
Director of Bands
Poudre High School