THE QUARANTINE SERIES
Playlists & Livestreams
The "Quarantine Series" was born out of the 2020 Pandemic and continues to this day. It started off with piano soloing in the apartment, recording everything from improvised meditations & jazz standards to film scores, covers and hymns. These playlists grew to include "JK's Playground: Producer Series," and the livestream "Hangs." My hope is that it provides you with a little reprieve, just as it has done for me!
This portion of "JK's Sunday Hymns & Things" was dedicated to Prof. Gary Kirkpatrick.
Rest in Peace, Kind Sir
JK's SUNDAY HYMNS & THINGS MAR 7, 3 PM EST
CELEBRATING CLARK TERRY
Happy 100th, CT!
DECEMBER 14, 2020
FEBRUARY 19, 2021
Piano Shootouts & Collaborations
This is a back-to-back improvisation using identical midi performances to illustrate the different types of uprights I like to use. The first is by VI Labs and is the newest of the bunch, a modern U upright piano. The second is from the Synthogy Ivory II Upright collection. I chose the Modern upright for this demonstration. The third is Native Instruments "The Gentleman." They are running through Liquid Sonic's 7th heaven reverb plugin as well as Logic's built-in compressor and Waves' L3 Multi Maximizer. If you'd like me to cover a particular piano or style, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!
in Music Production
"Award-winning jazz pianist Justin Kauflin explains how the accessibility features of KOMPLETE KONTROL have enhanced his music-making. Watch as he talks about the new controls in addition to his work with Quincy Jones, and Grammy-Award winning artist Derrick Hodge."
JUSTIN KAUFLIN TRIO//4TET//SOLO
Photo by Mark Robbins
"What gives the American pianist another edge over the others is his soulfulness. This is a musician who wants to do more than make you admire his virtuosity" -The Times
"Kauflin's execution, his ability to ripple waves of notes flawlessly and evoke colorful meadows of sound is unequivocably superb" -DownBeat Magazine
"Kauflin's strength is a concern for touch & dynamics...He can take a simple motif like the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" and make a swinging concerto out of it" -Los Angeles Times
"Kauflin favors a clarity of touch and ideas...His writing is also balanced, tempering post-bop tendencies with the assurances of the gospel church" -The New York Times