This trio of rising stars features Rob Duguay (award winning composer and bassist), Justin Kauflin (Quincy Jones’ keyboard protégé), and Chris Brown (drummer for Roy Hargrove), and plays Dunguay's recent album “Safe in Sound.”
Handpicked by the likes of Clark Terry and Quincy Jones and a student of the late Mulgrew Miller, Justin Kauflin is a genius pianist creating waves on the international scene. Justin lost his eyesight at age 11 - which put him on the path to jazz. He started performing jazz professionally at 15, and went on to win the VSA International Young Soloist Award; was voted "Jazz Artist of the Year" in VEER Magazine; and selected as semifinalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. ustin is the star of the 2014 documentary, “Keep on Keepin’ On.”
Rob Duguay is an internationally touring bassist/composer living in New York City, and has five albums as a leader including “Safe in Sound”. He was mentored by bassist Marcus McLaurine and studied the art of ensemble playing with Mulgrew Miller, Vincent Herring, Armen Donelian, Harold Mabern, James Weidman, Gary Smulyan, Bill Goodwin, and Paul Meyers. He is the winner of an ASCAP award for composition and has also been recognized in the jazz community for his work with the non-profit organizations About the Swing and KEYED UP!.
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Brown has played with the top musicians from coast to coast. Born in Oregon, Brown served in the marines as a drummer in New Orleans where he met the Marsalis family and then settled in New York City where he began performing with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Mark Gross, Ralph Peterson Jr. and more. In addition to his main passion as a drummer, he has also kept up his proficiency on the alto saxophone over the years. Truly a force of nature, Brown serves as a bridge between maintaining traditions and exploring new musical territories.
Guest saxophonist Gary Bartz is a jazz veteran who was part of the trendsetter Max Roach–Abbey Lincoln, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers groups, and also played with Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner.