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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

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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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Discography

Synesthesia

Synesthesia

Storyville Records
2018

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Silent Night

Silent Night

Justin Kauflin Publishing
2017

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Dedication

Dedication

Jazz Village
2015

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Introducing Justin Kauflin

Introducing Justin...

Self Produced
2011

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Exodus

Exodus

Justin Kauflin
Introducing Justin Kauflin

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