Justin Kauflin is an American jazz pianist, composer, producer, educator and Quincy Jones & Yamaha Artist. He performs worldwide, is recorded on 32 albums (6 as leader & producer), composed original film score for 7 projects including the critically acclaimed documentary 'Keep On Keepin On,' published 84 original compositions & arrangements, and serves on faculty for several jazz camps.
He's a monster on the piano! And, one of the greatest people I know
Simply beautiful cat...you can feel it in every note he plays
His playing is beautiful...his spirit & spirituality shine through
Kauflin’s execution, his ability to ripple waves of notes flawlessly and evoke colorful meadows of sound is unquestionably superb….
He can take a simple motif as the Beatles' "Day in the Life" and make a swinging concerto out of it
-Los Angeles Times
What gives the American pianist another edge over others is the soulfulness of his repertoire...this is a musician who wants to do more than make you admire his virtuosity
Short Bio: Justin Kauflin is a “jazz pianist who favors a clarity of touch and ideas, rarely spinning into an orbit he can’t control” (The New York Times). After losing his sight at the age of 11, Kauflin gravitated towards playing jazz piano, despite having a classical background in violin & piano. He received top honors at jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing professionally by age 15. In 2004, he attended William Paterson University in New Jersey and while studying there, was taken under the tutelage of the legendary Clark Terry (2010 Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz) and played in the Clark Terry Ensemble. He garnered numerous awards such as VSA International Young Soloist, selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, and voted “Jazz Artist of the Year” in VEER Magazine. Kauflin is also a composer, producer, educator and Quincy Jones & Yamaha Artist. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.