Justin Kauflin is an award-winning American jazz pianist, composer, producer, educator and Quincy Jones Artist. He performs worldwide, has recorded on 31 albums, composed the film score for critically acclaimed documentary Keep On Keepin On, published 29 original compositions and produced 4 albums as leader.
Born March 10, 1986 in Silver Spring, MD, Justin Kauflin began music at age 4 with Suzuki violin. After losing total vision by age 11 and a decade of classical violin and piano, he 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 attended William Paterson University in New Jersey where he was taken under the wings of legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry and became a member of the Clark Terry Ensemble. He also studied with his hero, the late Mulgrew Miller as well as with Harold Mabern. He graduated summa cum laude, moved to NYC, and at age 23 produced, led, composed and performed on his debut CD, Introducing Justin Kauflin.
Don’t miss the Justin Kauflin Quartet at the Jazz Forum!