Austin was awarded the Shelly Manne New Talent Award by the Los Angeles Jazz Society and Flip Manne in 2003 at age 11. Austin played with Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra (on flute), singer Dwight Trible, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, performed a piano quartet with Chick Corea, Hank Jones, and Hiromi Uehara, as well as appeared at various festivals around the world including the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Jazz Baltica Festival, the Tokyo Jazz Festival, and the Jakarta Jazz Festival. Austin recorded his debut album for Sony Japan/Village Records/88’s entitled “Maiden Voyage” with Ron Carter- bass and Billy Kilson- drums.
In October 2006, he recorded his second album for Sony Japan/Village Records/88’s entitled “Mantra” which was released in December 2006 (Buster Williams-bass, Steve Nelson-vibes, Marcus Strickland-sax, Ronald Bruner Jr.-drums).
His album “Endless Planets” was released in 2011 on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label.
He died from viral pneumonia at the age of 22.
Edited by Vladi_Drac on 6 Mar 2013, 15:36
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