Date(s) - Jan 22
Quincy Jones and Clark Terry protégé, jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, will launch the Next Generation @ The Wallis series on Friday, January 22 at 8pm. Kauflin’s performance is the first in a series that focuses the spotlight on rising artists across the performing arts spectrum. Two additional artists, Sean Chen and Steven Lin, will continue the series in February and March 2016.
Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, Justin Kauflin began music at age 4 with violin, adding piano a few years later. By age 6, he was performing professionally. Despite losing his sight at the age of 11, Kauflin began performing jazz a few short years later at the age of 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio. The piano extraordinaire has gone on to garner top honors and recognition at jazz festivals across the U.S., including receiving the VSA International Young Soloist Award, being voted “Jazz Artist of the Year” in VEER Magazine, being selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, and joining legendary music icon Quincy Jones on his 2013 and 2014 World Tours.