Jazz Pianist, Justin Kauflin will be our very special closing act of the 2018 ReadingFilmFEST on Sunday, November 4th, at 7:30 PM at the WCR Center for the Arts. The concert and a “meet and greet” with the artist will be free to ReadingFilmFEST VIP passholders.
Concert only tickets will be available online and at the door for $30/each. Seating is limited. Reservations recommended. The concert is being presented by Berks Arts Council.
Justin and his relationship with the late jazz trumpetist, Clark Terry are featured in the 2014 documentary, KEEP ON KEEPIN ON which will screen as this year’s Special Presentation on Sunday, November 4th at 3 PM at the Reading Movies 11 & IMAX Theater (available to passholders or to the public for $10.) The film was described by the New York Times as “a rare musical mentorship, captured heart and soul” (2014).
Justin himself has been called by producer Quincy Jones, “a simply beautiful cat…you can feel it in every note he plays”. He is an award-winning American jazz pianist, composer, producer, educator and Quincy Jones Artist. Justin performs worldwide solo or with his trio, recorded or appeared on 31 albums, composed the film score for KEEP ON KEEPIN ON On and promotional videos, published 29 original compositions, and produced 3 albums under his own label, Justin Kauflin Music.
Born in Silver Spring, MD with a rare degenerative eye disease and totally blind by age 11, Justin adjusted by learning 5 grades of braille and cane mobility while simultaneously taking AP courses in Physics, Music Theory and English, attending the Governor’s School for Performing Arts and graduating at the top of both classes. He began performing jazz professionally by age 15, attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, Vail Jazz Workshop, won the VSA International Young Soloist Award, voted Veer Jazz Artist of the Year, semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Paterson University.
Through his friendship with Cee Tee, Justin met and was signed for management by music icon, Quincy Jones who brought him on a couple world tours, as well as co-produce his second album, “Dedication,” DownBeat magazine’s Editor’s Pick and #1 on JazzWeek Chart.
Special thanks to Berks Arts Council and John Ernesto for bringing Justin to this year’s ReadingFilmFEST!