American Pianists Awards Gala Finals

Five finalists for the 2019 American Pianists Awards perform with Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and the Buselli–Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. The winner will receive the Cole Porter Fellowship--valued at over $100,000.

In the first half, each finalist performs a standard with Kurt Elling. In the second half, each finalist performs an original arrangement by Brent Wallarab of a standard with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. 

For premium seating on the main floor, dress circle and first mezzanine including valet parking and intermission hospitality, please contact the American Pianists Association at 317-940-9945 or

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1st half: approximately 55 minutes Intermission 2nd half: approximately 55 minutes Video and Awards Presentation: 45 minutes Total duration approximately 175 minutes.

Jazz standards to be announced from the stage.

Kenny Banks Jr.


Emmet Cohen


Keelan Dimick


Dave Meder


Billy Test


Kurt Elling


Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra

Dee Dee Bridgewater


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