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American Pianists Association Names Jurors for Cole Porter Fellowship Finals

They include Stanley Cowell, Renee Rosnes, Helen Sung, Chris Mees, and Will Wakefield

Stanley Cowell
Stanley Cowell performs at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival (photo: Marek Lazarski)

The American Pianists Association has announced the jury for the final round of its contest to name its new Cole Porter Fellow, the prestigious award given every four years to an American jazz pianist at the end of a 13-month competition process called the American Pianists Awards. The jurors are Stanley Cowell, pianist and professor emeritus of jazz piano at Rutgers-Mason Gross School of the Arts; pianist Renee Rosnes; Chris Mees, president of B-Natural, an artist management company specializing in jazz; pianist and composer Helen Sung; and Will Wakefield, senior director of A&R at Mack Avenue Records.

This year’s finalists include Kenny Banks Jr., Emmet Cohen, Keelan Dimick, Dave Meder, and Bill Test.

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