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PERFORMED AT INDIANAPOLIS’ JAZZ KITCHEN IN JANUARY, PART OF THE REI REAL ESTATE SERVICES JAZZ PREMIERE SERIES

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

L-R) Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, Finalist Aaron Diehl, and APA President CEO-Artistic Director Dr. Joel Harrison, pictured after Diehl's performance. Photo Credit. Mark Sheldon.

American Pianists Association 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz Finalist Aaron Diehl recently performed at Indianapolis’ Jazz Kitchen this past January, as a part of the REI Real Estate Services Premiere Series. The series showcases each of the five Finalists in their own fully-produced set leading up to the finals competition.

Previous performances featured this year’s Finalists: Emmet Cohen (September), Zach Lapidus (November) and Glenn Zaleski (December), respectively. Finalist Jeremy Siskind will conclude the series, with a performance on February 26.

The Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, 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 Executive 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.

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.

The American Pianists Association is supported by the Arts Council and the City of Indianapolis, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation in honor of the children and families of Christel House, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.

Visit the American Pianists Association’s new website, at http://www.americanpianists.org.

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