Justin Kauflin, Renowned Jazz Studies Alumnus, Returns to his Alma Mater to Perform

Jazz Room Series Presents "Generations of Piano II: Justin Kauflin Trio" on December 4

Justin Kauflin

Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, William Paterson University alumnus, returns to his alma mater to perform in the Jazz Room Series on December 4. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. in the Shea Center for Performing Arts on campus. Kauflin is currently planning a European performance tour in February 2017 that will include Germany, London, Sweden, and the Netherlands among others.

Prior to the concert, Kauflin will be the guest for “Sittin’ In,” an informal discussion about jazz, at 3 p.m. in Shea Center. Admission is free to Jazz Room ticket holders. Tickets to the performance are available at the Shea Center Box Office in advance at 973.720.2371 or wp-presents.org. On the day of the performance ticket prices include $15 general admission, $12 senior citizens and William Paterson community, and $8 for non-William Paterson students. William Paterson students are admitted free with a valid I.D. There is a $3 fee for tickets purchased on the day of the show.

The story of Justin Kauflin’s musical background was powerfully told in the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin’ On—from his time at William Paterson under the tutelage of the late Clark Terry to his subsequent discovery to a multi-record contract by Quincy Jones. Although he appeared on the Jazz Room stage many times as a student, he now makes his debut as a featured artist. This performance will preview selections from his new CD due for release in spring 2017.

Launched in 1978, William Paterson University’s Jazz Room Series is one of the largest and most prestigious college-sponsored jazz events in the country. Performers include renowned professionals who encompass the complete spectrum of jazz, as well as William Paterson’s own student ensembles. The series has won numerous grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its innovative programming