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The Jazz Fellowship Awards

FINALIST EMMET COHEN TO KICK OFF
THE REI REAL ESTATE SERVICES JAZZ PREMIERE SERIES
@ INDIANAPOLIS’ JAZZ KITCHEN ON SEPTEMBER 18

FINAL COMPETITION TO BE JUDGED BY
GERI ALLEN, DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN TAYLOR,
NATE CHINEN AND AL PRYOR
AT JAZZ DISCOVERY WEEK, APRIL 10-17, 2011

Honorary Chair: Dave Brubeck

Beginning in September, five Finalists will compete for the $50,000 prize and the title of 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association. Having been selected as finalists, each of the five pianists will perform as part of The REI Real Estate Services Jazz Premiere Series in their own fully-produced set at Indianapolis’ Jazz Kitchen.

The finalists and their respective performance dates are as follows:

Emmet Cohen, 20, Miami Saturday, September 18, 2010

Zach Lapidus, 23, Indianapolis - Saturday, November 6, 2010

Glenn Zaleski, 22, New York City - Saturday, December 4, 2010

Aaron Diehl, 24, New York City - Saturday, January 22, 2011

Jeremy Siskind, 23, New York City - Saturday, February 26, 2011

First Alternate: Christopher Ziemba
Alternates: Stuart Mindeman; Richard Sears

As part of the finals on April 16, each pianist
will accompany special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater.

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The Cole Porter Fellowship, with its cash prize of $50,000 to the winner of the competition, is the largest prize in the world for a young jazz pianist.  According to Dr. Joel Harrison, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the American Pianists Association, the jury heard and reviewed, in anonymous fashion, CDs submitted by 40 pianists nominated for the awards before selecting these five finalists. Judges for the final rounds of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz are pianists Geri Allen, John Taylor and Danilo Pérez, New York Times music critic Nate Chinen, and Mack Avenue Records Vice-President Al Pryor.

The finals will take place during the American Pianists Association Jazz Discovery Week (April 10-17, 2011) and the five finalists will be judged in concert at a variety of venues throughout Indianapolis, including the Indiana State Museum, the Athenaeum, and the Jazz Kitchen. Semi-finals will take place over two sets on April 15, 2011 at The Jazz Kitchen, and the final round will be judged on April 16, 2011 at The Athenaeum with David Baker hosting the event.

The preliminary round was held May 7-9, 2010 in Indianapolis by a group of 5 nationally-distinguished professionals, including: Frank Kimbrough, jazz pianist and teacher at the Juilliard School; jazz pianist Darrell Grant from Portland, OR; Dana Landry, head of the jazz studies program at Northern Colorado University in Greeley; John Salmon, jazz and classical pianist and 1983 Fellow of the American Pianists Association; and Brent Wallarab, founder and artistic director of the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.

The mission of the American Pianists Association is to advance the careers of American jazz and classical pianists between the ages of 18 – 30. The organization was founded in 1979 in New York City and has been in Indianapolis since 1982.

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