Sullivan Fortner Trio

DATE: Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30pm

LOCATION: Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center

TICKETS: starting at $33

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For the past decade, Grammy Award winner Sullivan Fortner has been stretching deep-rooted talents as a pianist, composer, band leader and uncompromising individualist.

DownBeat magazine’s first-place winner in both Rising Star Piano and Rising Star Jazz Artist, Fortner pulls distinct musical elements from different eras – preserving tradition while evolving the sound, and seeking connections among styles that are deeply soulful and wildly inventive. Fortner engages harmony and rhythmic ideas with curiosity and clarity. Within phrases, he finds universes, and listeners often hear how he's moved by each note he explores. “His fundamentals as a player could hardly be stronger, and his instincts as a composer and bandleader are almost startlingly mature” (The New York Times).

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