presented by Keyboard Connection Pianos & Organs

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Florida Theatre
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Competition begins at 7 p.m.


General Admission $15 (includes taxes & fees)
Visit box office or call to order: (904) 355-5661

For over thirty years, the Jacksonville Piano Competition has been a jazz fest tradition. The event continues to be one of the most exciting musical spectacles to be seen anywhere!

Five finalists representing the very best jazz pianists in the world are chosen by a blind panel of judges to compete for a cash prize and a chance to perform on the Main Stage at this year’s festival. This fierce competition has become an integral part of the festival and a favorite among many eager to witness some of the most incredible rising talents in the jazz world.

Past judges have included jazz legends such as Marcus Roberts, Brian Culbertson, Jason Miles, Joey Calderazzo, Lynne Arriale, Dr. John, Per Danielsson, John Thomas, and other well-known jazz musicians.

Tickets to the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection on sale now. Admission is included with the purchase of an Experience Jazz 3-­Day VIP package.

2019 Piano Competition Finalists

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Andrew Boudreau

Andrew Boudreau is an active part of the North American and international jazz scenes. Andrew is a recipient of the Canadian National Arts Centre’s Astral Artist Prize and OPUS Prize for Jazz concert of the year in Quebec, Canada. He has performed with a diverse array of musicians and ensembles. Andrew completed a Master of Music at the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music at McGill University.

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Joseph Davidian

Pianist Joe Davidian was born into a family of musicians and his father, a jazz musician, bolstered his interest in and study of jazz. Davidian attended the University of Miami where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Jazz Piano Performance. Currently, Davidian lives, teaches and performs in New York City where he is quickly becoming recognized as a major player on the world’s foremost jazz scene

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Jake Shapiro

Jake Shapiro is an accomplished pianist and organist from Chicago, Illinois. Actively performing since age seven, he studied with acclaimed instructors Laura Hoffman and Jim Trompeter before earning his master's degree in jazz piano performance from the University of Miami’s renowned Frost School of Music. At just 28 years of age, Shapiro has already accrued an impressive list of collaborations and awards.

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Ernest Turner

Ernest Turner began his love of piano at the age of four when he started receiving lessons from his mother. This ultimately led him to study jazz in New Orleans where he received his bachelors in jazz studies from Loyola University and master's from the University of New Orleans. His professional career has spanned for twenty years and has included performances with many great artists.

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Jason Yeager

Award-winning pianist, composer, and educator Jason Yeager creates music that is deeply expressive and multi-faceted, defying convention while reveling in the traditions of jazz, blues, 20th-century classical music, and Latin American folk rhythms. An honors graduate of the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Double Degree Program and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Yeager is Assistant Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music.

2019 Master of Ceremonies

Noel Friedline with guest Maria Howell

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Noel Freidline will return as the Master of Ceremony for the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection. During the judges’ deliberation period, Noel will be joined by vocalist and actress, Maria Howell.

2019 Rhythm Section

Dennis Marks (Bass)

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Clyde Conner (Drums)

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