Sullivan Fortner named 2015 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association - Eskenazi Health

Sullivan Fortner will give an encore performance at The Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital as the 2015 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association.

Sullivan Fortner, of New Orleans, will perform in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse at Eskenazi Health, located at 720 Eskenazi Ave., at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Eskenazi Health Parking Garage.

Fortner first performed last November as part of the American Pianists Association Jazz Concert Series at Eskenazi Health.

The Jazz Fellowship Awards are produced every four years by the American Pianists Association to select the Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz. The competition takes place in three parts including the Preliminary Round, Jazz Premiere Series and Jazz Discovery Week.

The Cole Porter Fellow receives a two-year Fellowship worth $100,000, including a $50,000 cash award and a two-year Fellowship to include in-kind career assistance, publicity, professional fees and other opportunities worldwide – the largest award in the world for a young jazz pianist.

The concert is made possible by the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health, which brings music to the patients, visitors and staff at Eskenazi Health. When Eskenazi Health first envisioned developing a public art program, it determined that it was important to engage all forms of art. As the public art program progressed, a decision was made to bring musical performances to patients, visitors and staff at Eskenazi Health. Tobias helped to establish the program, including donating a concert grand piano that resides in the main concourse of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

To learn more about the Marianne Tobias Music Program, and to find a list of upcoming concerts, please contact the Eskenazi Health Foundation at 317.880.4900 or visit To learn more about the American Pianists Association, please visit

CONTACT: Kate Taylor 
Phone: 317.880.4783 
Pager: 317.310.5972 

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