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Justin Kauflin

Born in Silver Spring, MD, Justin Kauflin began music at age 4 with Suzuki violin, adding piano a few years later. By age 6, he was performing professionally. ​

However, he also endured numerous trials, particularly losing total vision from exudative retinopathy by age 11. He adjusted by learning 5 grades of Braille, cane mobility and, after a decade of classical violin and piano, switched to jazz piano in high school at the Governor's School for Performing Arts studying with Liz Barnes and Old Dominion University's John Toomey. He attended the Vail Jazz Workshop, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency, and received top honors in jazz festivals across the U.S. He began performing jazz professionally at age 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio. ​

In 2004, Justin graduated at the top of both classes alongside his sighted peers at Salem High and the Governor's School, receiving a Presidential scholarship to attend William Paterson University in New Jersey. At WPU, he was taken under the wings of legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry and was a member in the Clark Terry Ensemble. He also had the tremendous privilege of learning from his hero, the late Mulgrew Miller, as well as Harold Mabern and the late James Williams. He graduated summa cum laude in 2008, moved to NYC and, at age 23 produced, led, composed and performed on his first CD, Introducing Justin Kauflin

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”What gives the American pianist Justin Kauflin another edge over his rivals is the soulfulness of his repertoire... this is a musician who wants to do more than make you admire his virtuosity” -The Times review of Justin Kauflin Trio at Ronnie Scotts, London

”His compositions radiate an honesty and passion that are only shadowed by his spirit...Humble as he may be, dude can play” - Paul Nassar, Revive Magazine

”His playing is not just precise technically but absolutely crystalline in execution, and he holds nothing back intellectually...” -Jazz in Europe review of “Synesthesia”

”Definitely one of the best piano trio albums around this year...Revelling in writing highly involving tunes whether anthemic (B-Dub) or tuggingly heartfelt (No Matter)...or the ability to be SO natural on For Clark, dedicated to mentor Clark Terry.” -Stephen Graham, Marlbank

”...rich in dynamic detail and showed off his cogent mix influences that ranged from buoyant swing to elongated Jarrett-esque lines, the odd hip hop nod to Robert Glasper, Bill Evans was in there too...Kauflin is clearly in possession of a vast reserve of free flowing musicianship” -Jazzwise

”Kauflin's dozen originals sparkle consistently with the sounds of exhilaration and religious devotion

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Feb22Fri
Justin Kauflin Quartet
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
Feb23Sat
Justin Kauflin Trio
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
Mar3Sun
Justin Kauflin Solo
Kunstcentrum Catharinakapel
Harderwijk, Netherlands
Mar3Sun
Justin Kauflin Solo
Kunstcentrum Catharinakapel
Harderwijk, Netherlands
€19,00
Mar5Tue
Justin Kauflin Trio
Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
London, UK
Mar6Wed
Justin Kauflin Trio
Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
London, UK
Mar7Thu
Justin Kauflin Trio
Duc Des Lombards
Paris, France

Discography

Coming Home

Coming Home

Justin Kauflin Music
2018

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Synesthesia

Synesthesia

Storyville Records
2018

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Silent Night

Silent Night

Justin Kauflin Music
2017

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Dedication

Dedication

Jazz Village
2015

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Introducing Justin Kauflin

Introducing Justin...

Justin Kauflin Music
2010

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Lost

Lost

Justin Kauflin
Coming Home

Exodus

Exodus

Justin Kauflin
Introducing Justin Kauflin

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