Award-winning jazz pianist, Justin Kauflin began his musical journey at age 4 with Suzuki violin (Suzanne Schreck), adding piano a few years later with Virginia Koun. By age 6, he was performing in concerts, nursing homes and weddings, eventually becoming concertmaster for several orchestras. However, it was during this time that he also endured numerous trials, particularly losing total vision by a rare eye disease.
He adjusted by learning 5 grades of Braille, cane mobility and, after a decade of classical violin and piano, switched to jazz piano at the Governor's School for Performing Arts
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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