Justin Kauflin

Justin Kauflin

 Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Justin Kauflin has an improvisational zeal matched by a technique that is equal parts lyrical and emotional. His sound can be best described as dynamic and vibrant, with a genuine sense of feeling and appreciation for the soulful essence in jazz music anchored in a firm trust in God.


Born March 10, 1986, Justin Kauflin’s story is a unique one – he overcame numerous obstacles, most notably losing total vision at age 11, but went on to graduate in the top 1% of the 2004 Class at Salem High and the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts. He continued in like fashion graduating summa cum laude from William Paterson University, NJ with a Bachelor of Music degree.

He studied classical piano and violin for 9 years and jazz piano at the Governor's School for the Arts, after losing his vision. He began performing professionally at age 15 with Jae Sinnett, host of NPR’s “Sinnett in Session” in Hampton Roads, VA. While at William Paterson University, Justin was taken under the wings of the great Clark Terry, who received this year’s Grammy award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, and was introduced to jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Ornett Coleman and Mulgrew Miller among numerous other up-and-coming jazz musicians.


"Introducing Justin Kauflin" was released Feb. 16, 2010 and is getting airplay in CA, FL, AZ, RI, VT, NC, VA (with buttons being played on NPR's Morning Edition)

Set List

Originals and standards. Covers would include songs from the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Billy Joel, Paul Simon.