Justin Kauflin

Born: March 10, 1986    Primary Instrument: Piano

Justin Kauflin

Award-winning jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, though the middle of 5 children, was never lost in the crowd. His talent, obvious as early as age 2, was nurtured with classical training in violin and piano. From age 6, he began performing in concerts, home visits and weddings, eventually becoming concertmaster for several orchestras.

However, it was during this time that he also endured numerous trials, particularly when he lost total vision by a rare eye disease.

“'Be Thou My Vision' is a meaningful choice for Kauflin, who has been blind since the age of 11. He brings new meaning to the hymn, re-harmonizing it and igniting it with impassioned playing.” - Dean Christeson, RVA Jazz...
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2012: VSA International Young Soloist award, VEER magazine's "JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR", 2011 Semifinalist for Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano competition, 2002 Outstanding soloist and ensemble: N. Texas Jazz Fest, Chantilly Jazz Fest
Pianist Justin Kauflin headlines jazz benefit by Richard Khavkine, The Star-Ledger Oct. 11, 2012

...Demsey calls Kauflin an “extraordinary musician,” who has an exact touch and a singular style. “He’s very gifted technically,” says Demsey, a saxophonist who plays with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. “On top of his gift, he has this work ethic to make the most of that gift. If he hears something once, a piece of music, it’s somehow impressed on his mind. He has extraordinary ability of aural recall.”

The challenge at William Paterson, he says, was to not get in Kauflin’s way — to let his musical character naturally progress....

”Our brilliant jazz club, Havana Nights houses one of the best jazz pianists in our region; Justin Kauflin. Last weekend Mr. Kauflin and his fantastic trio performed several live sets at Havana Nights and brought down the house with traditional jazz hits. It is such a pleasure to have the opportunity to experience the real deal, jazz in it's true form...The music performed at Havana Nights on a nightly basis is as real as it gets.

Justin Kauflin performs solo sets on piano during the week so you'll want to schedule a jazz-filled evening at Havana Nights to check him out.” - David Beloff, Virginian Pilot

“Yesterday I told my audience that 'if anyone tells me jazz is dying-I have two words for them: Justin Kauflin. Because if a young man like that can put out music like THIS...jazz isn't going anywhere!'” -Nicole Sweeney, WCLK (Atlanta, GA)

“Justin Kauflin’s debut CD is a testament to his remarkable artistry, wisdom and faith...His sense of faith in himself and in the power of music, as well as in God, shines through on every track. So does his sense of deep humility and his abundant passion for life...the one phrase that keeps coming to mind is from C.S. Lewis: Surprised by Joy. Nothing sums up Kauflin’s music more succinctly. He seems to be surprised by the joy of music and of life at every moment.” -Tom Robotham, TReehouse Magazine, Transcendent Vision, May 2010

“It is rare for a young musician to produce an album that displays the kind of musical maturity that is in evidence here...He has a touch and imagination that are immensely appealing.” -Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz, May 2010

“Musically speaking, 20-something jazz pianist Justin Kauflin is an old soul. Talented beyond his years, the blind wunderkind has been channeling the muses of established jazz artists as well as his personal ones for some time” - Marvin Leon Lake, Virginian Pilot, March 2010

“On this page we have extraordinary talent...with a gentle spirit that's equal in its sincerity. This young man's craft and not his mouth...speaks for itself.” -Jae Sinnett, drummer/composer/WHRV

1. Clark Terry and the William Paterson Sextet
"CT and WP: A Perfect Match"

Clark Terry - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Brian McCarthy - alto sax
Stantawn Kendrick - tenor sax
Cameron McManus - trombone
Justin Kauflin - piano
Nicholas Morrison - bass
Alan Hicks - drums
Guest - David Demsey - tenor sax

2. Brian McCarthy
"This Just In"

Brian McCarthy - sax
Justin Kauflin - piano
Ray Vega - trumpet
Evan Gregor - bass
Quinn Blandford - drums

3. Songevity
"Sea Dream Blues"

Rob Duguay - bass
Justin Kauflin - piano
Nadav Snir-Zelniker

4. Jae Sinnett Trio
"Still Standing"

Jae Sinnett - drums
Terry Burrell - bass
Alan Farnham - piano
Justin Kauflin - piano

5. House and Sinnett
"Old School Loyalty"


6. Justin Kauflin
"Introducing Justin Kauflin"

Justin Kauflin - piano
Billy Williams - drums
Phil Kuehn - bass
Tim Green - alto sax
Etan Haziza - guitar

7. Jae Sinnett

Jae Sinnett - drums
Terry Burrell - bass
Justin Kauflin - piano

8. Roxy Coss
"Roxy Coss"

Roxy Coss - saxophones, flute
Shawn Baltazor - drums
Kellen Harrison - bass
Justin Kauflin - piano
Ryan Brennan - guitar

9. Etan Haziza

Etan Haziza - guitar
Bryan Bisordi - drums
Frank Hauch - bass
Justin Kauflin - piano

10. Jae Sinnett
"Sinnett Hearings"

Jae Sinnett - drums
Terry Burrell - bass
Alan Farnham - piano
Justin Kauflin - piano
Steve Wilson - sax
John D'Earth - trumpet

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Introducing Justin Kauflin
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