Take Five With Justin Kauflin
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
The one thing that I feel I bring to the music is a sincerity. I have a sincere love for God, and that's the one thing I pray comes out in my playing. I don't have anything fancy to offer, just simple love for God, and music, and for those around. Forgive the corniness!
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
The state of jazz, like the state of many things in this time, is a bit fragile and has definitely seen better times. I mention that with regard to the amount of awareness and appreciation jazz receives. I believe that artists are just as creative as they ever were, but the audience keeps shrinking.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
People are just not aware of jazz. They aren't familiar and have nothing to grab onto when they hear it. If people had a better introduction to jazz, and not just in hotel lobbies or during a wedding reception dinner...If people were introduced to something that they can relate to, there might be some growth in general appreciation for this great music.
What is in the near future?
At the posting of this interview, I am in the process of mixing and mastering my first album. I'm extremely excited about this. I recorded with some really amazing musicians and beautiful people. It should be coming out later this year, or perhaps early 2010. If you're interested, please check out the website www.justinkauflin.com. Updates are posted regularly, and, once available, the CD can be purchased through it.