Sullivan Fortner, jazz pianist

Building on his first-rate background in music education and training, including a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and graduation with distinction from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner used his Fellowship to study with several “jazz icons” and to tour with the Roy Hargrove/Roberta Gambarini Quintet as well as his own trio.  He also explored the music and culture of other countries (India, Brazil and Ghana), fusing  these influences into a sound which is uniquely his own.  In 2014, he used Fellowship resources to record an EP (short recording) which he submitted to various jazz clubs in New York and abroad.  He also sent a copy to the American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellows Competition and was accepted as one of the five finalists for the prestigious award. On March 28, 2015, Sullivan Fortner won the American Pianists Association’s Jazz Fellowship Awards and was named their 2015 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz. In 2015, Sullivan released his debut CD Aria (Impulse Records), and in 2016, he was invited to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival.  Sullivan will begin touring in spring 2017 with Cécile McLorin Salvant, John Scofield, and the Sullivan Fortner Trio. Click here for more information on Sullivan Fortner.

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