Award-winning jazz pianist to perform Saturday

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BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, will present American Pianists Association laureate Sullivan Fortner at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. He will be performing with bassist Barry Stephenson (best known for his work with Jon Batiste), and drummer Kassa Overall (formerly of Geri Allen's Timeline band).

Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is the winner of three prestigious awards - a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. The American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz provided Fortner with a $50,000 prize and the opportunity to record for Mack Avenue Records, as well as two years of professional career services and development.

Accompanying Fortner in the Feb. 9 concert at the Vermont Jazz Center will be bassist and ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Award winner, Barry Stephenson. The trio's drummer is Kassa Overall; his work ranges from jazz to hip-hop and indie-pop to avant-garde.

The VJC said it is grateful for this concert's sponsors, two participants in disparate VJC educational programs who have given anonymously. The VJC also expressed thanks for the ongoing support of Holiday Inn Express Suites of Brattleboro. VJC publicity is underwritten by the Brattleboro Reformer, WVPR, WVEW and WFCR.

Tickets for Sullivan Fortner's concert are $20-plus general admission, $15 for students with ID; available at In the Moment in Brattleboro, or online at www.vtjazz.org, and by email at gingervjc@gmail.com. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Vermont Jazz Center ticket line, 802-254-9088, ext. 1. Handicapped access is available by calling the VJC at 802 254 9088.


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