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Episode 2: Let’s hear it for Keelan Dimick



EPISODE 2

The Journey by the American Pianists Association

Growth stories and moving music by jazz and classical pianoís next generation

World travel. Engagements with top orchestras. Headline runs at the most famous clubs. How does one become a professional pianist? This series highlights growth stories of American Pianists Awards winners and provides an early look at the five finalists for the 2019 American Pianists Awards. Catch them as their stars are launched.

Let’s hear it for #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Keelan Dimick!

After taking first place at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2007, fifteen-year-old Keelan Dimick committed himself to a lifelong pursuit of jazz piano. Keelan has toured across the US covering seventeen states and five countries and has shared the stage with jazz luminaries, including Kobie Watkins, David Liebman, Walter Smith III, Brian Lynch, Cyrille Aimee and multi-platinum recording artist Michael Feinstein.

Recent performances include a string of national tours including a CD release Midwest tour of trumpeter Benny Benackís ìOne of a Kind,î an east coast tour with the Alex Snydman trio, and a series of duo concerts throughout South Florida with New York saxophonist Steven Frieder. In 2018, Keelan performed alongside names such as The Clayton Brothers, Sean Jones and the Benny Green Trio as a fellow artist on the esteemed Jazz Cruise in Fort Lauderdale.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Keelan started formal lessons at age thirteen and quickly began accumulating awards such as Anaheim Heritage Festivalís ìMaestro Award,î Gene Harris Jazz Festivalís ìBest Jazz Solo,î and Interlochen Arts Academyís ìOutstanding Musician.î After high school, Keelan re-located to New York City where he received his Bachelors of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2013. In 2017, he completed his Masters of Music from Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Florida.

Keelan performs regularly and teaches privately in Miami, where he currently resides.


Episode 1: Who wants to win $100,000?



The Journey by the American Pianists Association

Growth stories and moving music by jazz and classical pianoís next generation

World travel. Engagements with top orchestras. Headline runs at the most famous clubs. How does one become a professional pianist? This series highlights growth stories of American Pianists Awards winners and provides an early look at the five finalists for the 2019 American Pianists Awards. Catch them as their stars are launched.

EPISODE 1

Who wants to win $100,000? Kicking off The Journey with an introduction to the five finalists for the 2019 American Pianists Awards.

Kenny Banks Jr., Emmet Cohen, Keelan Dimick, Dave Meder and Billy Test were selected by a blind jury from a pool of nominees from the top music schools, record labels and jazz industry veterans.

They are competing for the prestigious Cole Porter Fellowship, given every four years to an American jazz pianist at the conclusion of the organization’s unique 13-month competition process.

By virtue of their selection, each of the five finalists has already won a cash prize of $20,000, exceptional performance opportunities and the publicity gained from advancing in the world’s largest jazz competition. Further, the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards will receive a prize valued over $100,000 including cash, two years of career assistance, a winner’s media and performance tour, a recording contract with Mack Avenue Records and other opportunities worldwide.

The Premiere Series provides the first live-juried performances of the five American Pianists Awards finalists. From September 2018 to February 2019, each finalist will be invited to Indianapolis for outreach and community events as well as an adjudicated solo and trio set at The Jazz Kitchen.

All five finalists return to Indianapolis for the Club Finals at The Jazz Kitchen on April 5, 2019 and the Gala Finals at Hilbert Circle Theatre on April 6, 2019. GrammyÆ Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater will host the Gala Finals and each finalist will perform with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra and GrammyÆ Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling. The Finals will be streamed live at AmericanPianists.org and on the American Pianists Association’s Facebook page (@APApianists).