Thursday, March 21, 2024

Jazz in the LOFT w/ pianist James Austin Jr. & Luminescence, Sunday, March 24, 7pm


Jazz in the LOFT

James Austin Jr. & Luminescence

Performing a tribute to their teacher, the late great 
Dr. Barry Harris

Sunday, March 24, 7:00PM


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James Austin Jr is an accomplished Jazz pianist and bandleader who hails from Chicago, IL. He has honed his craft under the tutelage of a number of legendary Jazz musicians including extensive study with Barry Harris, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest Jazz educators of all time. Austin’s musical achievements include being honored as a featured performer and semifinalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

In recent years, Austin has performed alongside an illustrious list of singers and musicians in diverse settings throughout the world. He recently served as pianist and arranger for two star-studded concerts at Carnegie Hall under the baton of esteemed musical director, Ray Chew.

Austin is regularly featured in the New York City area as a pianist and bandleader for various live concerts, theatrical performances, and civic and charitable events. He has curated and led the NJPAC Jazz Jam Session series since its inception. Songs in the Key of Wonder, Austin’s debut album, showcases his tasteful instrumental arrangements of a selection of classic compositions from the songbook of the great Stevie Wonder.

About Jazz in the Loft

Curated by Grammy-winning producer John Lee, Jazz in the Loft features award winning and beloved Jazz artists from the greater SOMA area and beyond.  Enjoy their sultry melodies, ingenious harmonies, and swinging rhythms in the Loft at SOPAC.


South Orange, NJ