This all-star trio features Rob Duguay (award winning composer, bandleader, bassist), Justin Kauflin (Quincy Jones’ keyboard protégé), and Chris Brown (drummer for Roy Hargrove and other headliners)
Rob Duguay’s SONGEVITY:
“The bassist, Rob Duguay, pursues a literate and slightly tricky derivation of hard-bop with this quartet….” – Nate Chinen, New York Times (NY)
Elmore Magazine “Rock, World, Hard Bop, and Street are all putty in this energetic trio’s imagination and performance”
Justin Kaluflin- “I’ve yet to meet another talent like him, and I know I never will…He is simply that unique. Simply beautiful cat…you can feel it in every note he plays”
Quincy Jones (www.justinkauflin.com)-
Chris Brown- “I used him almost exclusively in my band when he used to reside in the NYC area, as he always brought so much knowledge and artistry to the music. And combined with his multi-instrumentalist abilities, Chris Brown is a unique talent that’s not often found.” -Mark Gross. New York, NY. (www.coutureofmusic.com)
Gary Bartz- (8th & 9th only)
“one of the very best who has ever picked up the instrument”. Stanley Crouch-
Justin Kauflin- www.justinkauflin.com
Handpicked by the likes of Clark Terry and Quincy Jones, Justin Kauflin is a singular voice in music and creating waves on the international scene. Student of the late Mulgrew Miller, the recent star of the documentary, “Keep on Keepin’ On”, Justin has been touring regularly and working on releasing his third album as a leader.
Rob Duguay – www.robduguay.com
Rob Duguay is an internationally touring bassist/composer living in New York City. Duguay has five albums as a leader including SONGEVITY’s most recent album “Safe in Sound” being featured on this California tour. 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!.
Chris Brown- www.coutureofmusic.com
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. Truly a force of nature, Brown serves as a bridge between maintaining traditions and exploring new musical territories.
Special guests (3/9 & 3/10)- TBA