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Young Pianists to Compete for Fellowship

In May, six of the country’s best young jazz pianists will visit Indianapolis for the sixth Triennial American Jazz Piano Competition. The competitors, who range in age from 21 to 30, will compete May 7 and 8 at various venues in the city for the title of Cole Porter Fellow, which includes a $15,000 cash prize and career assistance provided by the American Pianists Association.

A preliminary jury of jazz piano experts selected the six finalists, who will perform in solo and trio formats in two separate sets during the semi-final round on May 7 at the Jazz Kitchen before a ticketed audience and jury. The finals will be held on Saturday evening, at the Madame Walker Theatre May 8, with pianist Kenny Barron as one of the judges, and with each finalist performing solo and with Indianapolis’ Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra in specially-commissioned arrangements. At the conclusion of the evening, the jury will select the new Cole Porter Fellow.

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