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Sullivan Fortner Trio | Kuumbwa Jazz

Starting on February 26, 2024 7:00 pm
Posted by Daniel McCullough
Categories: PianoFest
Tags: Jazz

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Monday, February 26, 2024
7:00 PM (PST)

For the past decade, Sullivan Fortner has been stretching deep-rooted talents as a pianist, composer, band-leader and uncompromising individualist. The GRAMMY Award-winning artist out of New Orleans received international praise as both key player and producer for his collaborative work on The Window, alongside multi-GRAMMY winner, vocalist-composer Cecile McLorin Salvant. As a solo leader, he has released Moments Preserved and Aria to critical acclaim, and he’s only getting started. Now based in New York, Fortner has earned recognition in multiple DownBeat Critics Poll categories, winning first place in Rising Star Piano and Rising Star Jazz Artist. 

In addition to associations with such diverse voices as Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Diane Reeves, Etienne Charles and John Scofield, Fortner’s frequent and longtime collaborators have included Ambrose Akinmusire, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stefon Harris, Kassa Overall, Tivon Pennicott, Peter Bernstein, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Fred Hersch and the late Roy Hargrove. Recent collaborations include GRAMMY-nominated releases Dear Love and Generations from leaders Jazzmeia Horn and The Baylor Project, respectively.

Sullivan Fortner is the winner of the 2015 American Pianists Awards.

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