Impulse
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16 juin 2015

SULLIVAN FORTNER WINS THE AMERICAN PIANISTS ASSOCIATION’S 2015 JAZZ FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

The American Pianists Association rewards a jazz pianist every four years and a classical pianist in the two-year period in between. Five finalists competed for the $100,000 prize and the title of ‘Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz 2015’ from the American Pianists Association. The impulse! label is very happy for Sullivan Fortner and proud to announce the release of his new album, Aria, next September.

This was one of the most intense jazz competitions, both for its length (over a 2-year period), and also due to the five finalists from last year, five of the best young jazz pianists. Other finalists were Kris Bowers, Christian Sands, Emmet Cohen and Zach Lapidus.

Sullivan Joseph Fortner Jr. is a native of New Orleans who is already making significant forays into the jazz world despite his young age. While touring with Stefon Harris & Blackout, the Christian Scott Quintet and the Roy Hargrove Quintet, Sullivan completed his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutorage of Jason Moran and Phil Markowitz. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Sullivan Fortner has studied and performed with many great musicians, including The Marsalis Family, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Marcus Belgrave, The Jordan Family, Irvin Mayfield, Peter Martin, Dave Liebman and a host of others.

The new wave in jazz is still on impulse!