Justin Kauflin & Alfredo Rodríguez
Bravo Niagara! and Quincy Jones Present Justin Kauflin & Alfredo Rodríguez Double Bill
May 6, 2017 @ 8pm
4th Annual Spring into Music @ Stratus Vineyards
2059 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
PLUS 3pm screening of the award-winning documentary feature Keep On Keepin' On co-produced by Quincy Jones which tells the remarkable story of Justin Kauflin and his mentor, the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Justin Kauflin hosted by Céline Peterson! More info here.
Witness the Stratus Vineyards Press Alley transform from a working winery into an industrial chic jazz club for this highly-anticipated double bill!
Justin Kauflin is a New York-based jazz pianist, composer and producer, most notably known by his appearance in the award-winning documentary, "Keep On Keepin' On" which is based on the mentorship/friendship of Justin and legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry.
Born in Silver Spring, MD with a rare degenerative eye disease and totally blind by age 11, Justin adjusted by learning braille, cane mobility and focusing on music; performing jazz professionally by age 15. He attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, Vail Jazz Workshop, won the VSA International Young Soloist Award, Veer Jazz Artist of the Year, a 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 subsequently signed by, Quincy Jones, joining him on a couple world tours, as well as co-produce his second album, "Dedication" which was a DownBeat magazine's Editor's Pick and #1 on JazzWeek Chart. 2014/15 was spent promoting both the documentary and the album with 2 European and several stateside Tours. Kauflin is currently living in New York, touring Europe, and working on music for his third album.
Grammy® nominated artist Alfredo Rodríguez reflects the talents of legendary jazz pianists Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, and Art Tatum. Schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, Rodríguez’s riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots.
Discovered at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival by Quincy Jones, Cuban-born Alfredo Rodríguez has distinguished himself as the definition of jazz and improvisation without boundaries. He is the man behind the piano with fingers that seem to travel from one end of the world to the other, just within the span of the keys; his mastery of the art has earned him frequent appearances on prestigious stages around the world such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, Umbria Jazz and Jazz A Vienne. Additionally, Rodríguez was nominated for a 2015 Grammy® in the category of “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella,” for the track “Guantanamera,” from his 2014 release, The Invasion Parade.