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GSA JAZZ NIGHT.  Photo by Eddie Williams

Justin Kauflin presents

Concert Series

Featuring high-caliber local & international live jazz up-close and personal! 

Admission is donation-based, with proceeds supporting the Governor's School for the Arts Jazz Program

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Governor's School for the Arts

Miner Music Hall, 3rd Fl

254 Granby St., Norfolk, VA

MacArthur Center Parking garage recommended for parking



Duo pianos John Toomey & Justin Kauflin

While I was a student at the Governor’s School, I was given the opportunity to spend time with this month’s featured guest, John Toomey.  To say I was scared is an understatement.  He is an absolute monster on the piano, and I’m so grateful to have had him as a teacher. 


We have performed in this Duo Piano format a few times, and it has always been a true thrill.  Tonight's performance was no exception, and a lot of fun!

Special thanks Henry Faivre for making the pianos sound SO GOOD! and to former GSA Instrumentals teacher, Patty Watters, for your presence.  Thank you to Mark Robbins, photographer extraordinaire and, as always, to Dr. Shelly Cihak, Deborah Thorpe, Amanda Gates, and Stephen Coxe for allowing me to do this!  

Bass/Piano Duo Thomas Fonnesbaek  &  Justin Kauflin

For the third Jazz Night we went "international!" and featured my good friend and amazing bassist all the way from Copenhagen, Denmark, Thomas Fonnesbaek.


Thank you to everyone coming out, it was another very full house and it was good to see former teachers and jazz-loving friends from all over! 

Again, special thanks to Dr. Shelly Cihak, Deborah Thorpe, Amanda Gates, Stephen Coxe and Roy Muth for allowing me to do this!

The Eddie Williams Quartet

FOR the second installment of GSA Jazz Nights, we featured an awesome band that I’ve been playing with for a few years now.  When I first heard Eddie Williams performing with John Toomey, Howard Curtis, and Jimmy Masters, I was so blown away.  I couldn’t believe a player like him was living here in the 757.  He’s got an incredible approach to playing and I love the vision he has for creating a group sound. 


The band also happens to feature some of my most favorite people and musicians.  Chris Brydge on bass and Emre Katari on drums, with Eddie leading on sax.  Thanks to everyone for coming out, it was a full house with SRO!

Very special thanks to Roy Muth (GSA audio engineer), Dr. Shelly Cihak, Deborah Thorpe, and my bosses Amanda Gates and Stephen Coxe for all your support!

Jeff Smith   Billy Williams   Joe Bussey   Justin Kauflin

FOR the first-ever GSA Jazz Night, we featured a very special band. Not only do I love playing with these guys, but they all have a special connection to the Governor’s School as well.


Jeff Smith was one of my first jazz instructors, and it’s been amazing to continue making music with someone who helped me take my first steps in this music.


I met Billy Williams a little later when he joined the GSA ranks, and he’s been putting up with my nonsense ever since. That’s my brother right there.


Fast forward about 20 years to meeting Joe Bussey and joining him here at the school to help bring this music to a new generation. It has been a tremendous gift to work alongside Joe and you couldn’t ask for a more swinging bass player.

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