13th April 2017


The love story of jazz legend pianist Junior Mance and his manager and soul mate, Gloria Clayborne Mance. As he loses his identity to dementia she reckons with her own.

As Junior loses his mind to dementia, Gloria is challenged to maintain her husband's personal and professional life without losing her own mind in the process. 

Junior Mance has played with DIZZY GILLESPIE, DUKE ELLINGTON, DINAH WASHINGTON and CHARLIE PARKER and recorded over 100 albums. Junior’s career spans more than 70 years.

In 1997, Junior met Gloria Clayborne at a gig. They married exactly one year later and soon after she became his manager. For 15 years, she says, their life together was perfect. 

Then in 2012, Junior had a stroke which led to the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia. Though his musical abilities were untouched, his gradual mental and physical decline has forced Gloria's role as manager, wife and soul mate to take on a whole new meaning. 

Now she must wind down Junior’s legendary career as he loses his identity -- while still, somehow, maintaining her own.







Directors Jyllian Gunther and Adam Kahan have been filming with Gloria and Junior for over two years. The film has been entirely self-funded to date, and they are now working to raise the money to begin editing. They need your support to tell this important story.

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