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Episode 14: On the Road



Episode 14: On the Road

The life of a touring musician has its up and down, it’s joys and frustrations. In this episode, pianists Helen Sung and Aaron Diehl and bassist Christian McBride discuss: Life on the Road.


Episode 13: What Comes Next for Emmet Cohen



Episode 13: What Comes Next for Emmett Cohen

After winning the 2019 American Pianists Awards, Emmet Cohen’s career is taking off! Listen to Emmet’s debut as winner at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and hear from Mack Avenue Records President Denny Stillwell and past Awards winners Drew Petersen and Aaron Diehl on what lies ahead for Emmet.


Episode 12: Winning Time!



The journeys of five finalists in the 2019 American Pianists Awards come together for the finals of the competition in Indianapolis. Featuring: two sets of solo and trio at a jazz club; performances with Kurt Elling and the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra in a concert hall; and four $20,000 checks and one $100,000 prize given to the winner.


Episode 3: Kenny Banks Jr. brings it



American Pianists Awards finalist Kenny Banks Jr. brings the soul of gospel and the heat of Atlanta to tunes both old and new.

Raised by two parents who were also musicians, Kenny started to play the piano at age seven and has been passionately evolving his craft since. The Columbus, Ohio native moved to Atlanta in 2009 to pursue his musical career full time and joined the Theo Croker Quintet in China that same year, playing at the Peace Hotel, Jay-Z Club, The Cotton Club, and for government officials of Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has performed with Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and with Queen Latifah in the HBO movie “Bessie.”