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Award-winning jazz pianist JUSTIN KAUFLIN, middle of five children, was born in Silver Spring, MD in 1986. His talent was nurtured with a decade of classical training in violin and piano. He began performing at age six, playing concerts, nursing homes, and weddings, eventually becoming concertmaster for several orchestras. Throughout this time he endured numerous trials, including total loss of  vision by age 11. He adjusted by learning Braille and cane mobility, then switched to jazz piano while attending at the Governor’s School for Performing Arts. He studied with Liz Barnes and, Old Dominion University jazz professor, John Toomey; attended Master Classes with Peter Nero, Steve Wilson, Bill Cunliffe, Lewis Nash, Ken Peplowski, John Clayton, and Terrell Stafford; received top honors in jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing jazz professionally by age 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio.
 
In 2004 Justin graduated, alongside his sighted peers, in the top 1% at Salem High School with an Advanced Academic diploma and Valedictorian at the Governor's School for the Arts, receiving a Presidential scholarship to attend William Paterson University in New Jersey. At WPU, he was taken under the wings of the great Clark Terry, winner of 2010's Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, and played in the Clark Terry Ensemble. He was also highly influenced by his hero, the late Mulgrew Miller, and jazz giants Harold Mabern, Wynton Marsalis, Ornette Coleman, Randy Brecker and the late James Williams and Billy Taylor. The school’s proximity to NYC afforded him the opportunity to sit in, or perform with his trio, in the jazz mecca of the world. In 2008, he graduated summa cum laude with an Honors degree in Music/Jazz Performance, moved to NYC, and at age 23 produced, led, composed and performed on his first CD, Introducing Justin Kauflin.
 
From 2009, Justin's relationship with mentor Clark Terry was chronicled by Absolute Clay Productions’ Al Hicks and Adam Hart. The resultant documentary, "Keep On Keepin' On," made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival April 2014, and won both Heineken Audience and Best New Documentary Director Awards. "Keep On Keepin' On" has been released in theaters through RADiUS-TWC. From 2011, Justin Kauflin and his trio headlined regularly at the singular, straight-ahead jazz club in Virginia, Havana Nights, where he also served as House Pianist. During this time, he performed with his trio or with the Jae Sinnett Trio across the country. He won the VSA International Young Soloist Award, was selected as semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2011, voted as “Jazz Artist of the Year” in VEER Magazine, and signed by legendary producer and music icon, Quincy Jones, for management, and in 2013 and 2014, was part of Quincy Jones' World Tours. which toured to Montreux, Switzerland; Vienne, France; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan.
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Justin worked with Quincy Jones on his second full-length CD and debut album for Jazz Village; DEDICATION was released January 2015 and debuted at #6 on CMJ Jazz chart, #10 on Billboard's Traditional Jazz Chart, hit #1 on JazzWeek's chart and remained in the top 10 spot for 9 straight weeks.
 

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Label | Jazz Village

Management | Quincy Jones Productions
Thomas Duport, tduport[a]quincyjones.com


Discography | Justin Kauflin on AllMusic.com

 

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Justin Kauflin — April 14, 2017, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
A professional performer by age 6, Kauflin lost his eyesight at age 11. Despite the total loss of vision, Kauflin continued pursuing his passion and the classical musician switched to jazz in high school, wasting no time becoming an award-winning professional jazz pianist.

 
Jazz: Justin Kauflin at Ronnie Scott’s, W1 — February 22, 2017, The Times

"Having Quincy Jones as your mentor is one way of standing out in a crowded field of ultra-accomplished technocrats. What gives the American pianist Justin Kauflin another edge over his rivals is the soulfulness of his repertoire. There may be passages when, like many a neo-bop young lion, he indulges in muscle-flexing for its own sake, but this is a musician who wants to do more than make you admire his virtuosity."

 

The Kauflin Trio played original works and covers during Jazz Festival performance - February 29, 2016

Jazz pianists team up for benefit concert at ODU - January 17, 2016

Listen: Justin Kauflin at Fasching Club in Stockholm (October 8 2015) -January 17, 2016

Justin Kauflin Trio & David Pastor com a convidat al Jambore (Review) - October 15, 2015

Justin Kauflin: Dedication (Review) - All About Jazz, September 24, 2015

Acclaimed pianist Justin Kauflin has a free show in Gloucester on Saturday - Daily Press, September 17, 2015

Acclaimed Pianist Justin Kauflin Does It His Way at Old Lyme Jazz Club - WNPR, September 9, 2015

Justin Kauflin On Song Travels- NPR, September 4, 2015

Dedicated to You Jazzwise Magazine, September, 2015

Jason Moran, Justin Kauflin and D'Angelo Shine at Montreux Jazz Festival Jazzwise Magazine, July 22, 2015

Quincy Jones Presents the Future of Music with Jacob Collier and Justin Kauflin at Ronnie Scott'sJazzwise Magazine, May 20, 2015

Live Studio Session: Justin Kauflin - Still Keepin' On - KPLU 88.5, June 18, 2015

Encores & Curtain Calls: Film documents musical genius Justin Kauflin and his mentor - The Recorder, May 20, 2015

Five questions for Justin Kauflin, mostly about Clark Terry Ottawa Citizen, February 26, 2015

Jazz Pianist Justin Kauflin's Dedication is heartfelt - Montreal Gazette, January 13, 2015

"Keep on Keepin' On" wins IDFA Melkweg Music Documentary Audience Award - December 2, 2014

Protégé - The New Yorker, November 3, 2014

Drummer, Quincy Jones collaborate on film about jazz great Terry - October 29, 2014

Quincy Jones and Justin Kauflin discuss being mentored by jazz legend Clark Terry - Today Show, Oct. 26, 2014

“Keep On Keepin’ On” With Justin Kauflin - the Queen Latifah Show, September 29, 2014

Something in Common With His Mentor - Talking to Justin Kauflin - New York Times, September 26, 2014

How Jazz Pioneer Clark Terry Helped A Blind Piano Prodigy Become A Star - The Huffington Post, September 24, 2014

Fate has a starring role in 'Keep On Keepin' On' - Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2014

Sense of Play: Meet Jazz’s Prodigious New Talent - Style.com, April 22, 2014