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. Continue reading