Jury

2023 Jury

Lynne Arriae

Lynne Arriae

pianist and composer; Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at The University of North Florida
Cyrus Chestnut

Cyrus Chestnut

pianist, composer and producer; Master Instructor at Howard University
Bill Cunliffe

Bill Cunliffe

pianist and composer
Sullivan Fortner

Sullivan Fortner

pianist and composer; winner of the 2015 American Pianists Awards
Tamir Hendelman

Tamir Hendelman

pianist; lecturer at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Jim Pryor

Jim Pryor

pianist; winner of the 1992 American Pianists Awards
Ted Rosenthal

Ted Rosenthal

pianist and composer; faculty member at Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music
Scott Routenberg

Scott Routenberg

pianist and composer; Associate Professor of Music Performance at Ball State University
Ellen Rowe

Ellen Rowe

pianist and composer; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan
Rio Sakairi

Rio Sakairi

Artistic Director and the Director of Programming at The Jazz Gallery
Reggie Thomas

Reggie Thomas

pianist and organist; Professor and Head of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University
Will Wakefield

Will Wakefield

Senior Director of A+R at Mack Avenue Records
Brent Wallarab

Brent Wallarab

trombonist; David N. Baker Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

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