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Sullivan Fortner: Bio

Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. The winner of three prestigious awards – a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists – Sullivan's music embodies the essence of the blues and jazz as he connects music of all eras and genres through his improvisation.

As a leader, The Sullivan Fortner Trio has performed on many of the world's most prestigious stages including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard, and the Gillmore Keyboard Festival. Fortner has been heard with other leading musicians around the world including Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, John Scofield, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Fred Hersch, Sean Jones, DeeDee Bridgewater, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Bernstein, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Peyton, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Gary Bartz, Etienne Charles and Christian Scott.

1 Changing Keys
2 Pep Talk
3 Elegy For Clyde Kerr
4 Beans and Cornbread
5 Eyes So Beautiful as Yours
6 In A Sentimental Mood
7 Barbra's Strut
8 Just in Time
9 New Port
10 Fantasy
11 Monk Medley
12 Solid Rock
Sullivan Fortner makes his vocal debut on WBGO's The Checkout

Three years after the release of Sullivan Fortner's charming Impulse! Records debut, Aria , the 31-year-old New Orleans-bred pianist and composer returns with his enchanting sophomore effort, Moments Preserved , which finds him leading a sterling trio with bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy "Bean" Clemons. Fortner's profile on the international jazz scene has ascended considerably since the release of Aria, an album, which The New York Times described as containing "an air of crisp assurance." In addition to touring in support of his debut, he's been the pianist for singers Cécile McLorin Salvant and Roberta Gambarini; trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Etienne Charles, and Ambrose Akinmusire; guitarists John Scofield and Peter Bernstein. The year after his debut dropped, New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center crowned Fortner with an "Emerging Artist" award.

Crossover Media Projects with: Sullivan Fortner