Christian Sands (New York, NY)
Two-time Grammy® Award nominated pianist who is a member of the Christian McBride Trio, has performed at the 2006 and 2007 Grammy® Awards including a highly publicized duet with pianist Oscar Peterson, and has played with Lou Donaldson, Wynton Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Rufus Reid, Derrick Hodge, James Moody and Phil Woods.
Zach Lapidus (Indianapolis, IN)
Recipient of a fellowship at Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists who has been featured on broadcasts such as NPR's Morning Edition, Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Voice of America as well as performing with Bobby Watson, Rich Perry, Maurice Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Wycliffe Gordon.
Sullivan Fortner (New Orleans, LA)
Recipient of the pretigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Jason Moran and David Liebman as well as performing as a member of the Roy Hargrove Quintet and playing with the likes of Theo Croker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott and Stefon Harris.
Emmet Cohen (Miami, FL)
Finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition and selected to play in the 2008 Gibson/Baldwin Grammy® Jazz Combo, the Monterey Jazz Festival's 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and recipient of the 2009 NFAA Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship who has performed with such great musicians as Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Carmen Bradford and Billy Hart.
Kris Bowers (Los Angeles, CA)
Winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and graduate of the Juilliard School who was selected to perform at the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony at Lincoln Center as well as performing on Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne and with artists such as Marcus Miller, Aretha Franklin, Q-Tip and José James.