Finalists prepare for the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition on September 29
The five finalists of the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition have been selected.
The five will perform at the Florida Theater on September 29 to kick off the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The free festival takes place October 1-3 along the downtown riverfront.
Candidates for the competition were selected blind on the basis of the registered submissions. The winner earns a seat on the jazz festival stage.
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The contestants are Anastassiya Petrova from Kazakhstan, a student at Berklee College of Music; Jeongmin Ha, a student at the University of North Texas; Paul Cornish of Houston, who works at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz; Steven Feifke of the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music; and Spencer Zweifel of Colorado, who also competed in 2018.
The competition begins at 7 p.m. on September 29 at the Florida Theater. Tickets cost $ 20.
The festival will take place on two stages along Bay Street in downtown Jacksonville. Jeffrey Osborne, Lalah Hathaway, Theo Croker, Marcus Click and the Let’s Ride Brass Band are scheduled to perform on Friday October 1st. The lineup for Saturday October 2 includes Sheila E, Cecile McLorant Savant, Poncho Sanchez, Tia Fuller, Emmaline, Kandace Springs, Elisha “Atlas” Parris and Party in a Box with Allana. On Sunday October 3, George Benson, Kurt Elling with Charlie Hunter, Melissa Case and Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science are scheduled to perform. Admission is free, but VIP packages are $ 149 to $ 349.