SULLIVAN FORTNER

Three years after the release of Sullivan Fortner's charming Impulse! Records debut, Aria , the 31-year-old New Orleans-bred pianist and composer returns with his enchanting sophomore effort, Moments Preserved , which finds him leading a sterling trio with bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy "Bean" Clemons

Fortner's profile on the international jazz scene has ascended considerably since the release of Aria, an album, which The New York Times described as containing "an air of crisp assurance."

In addition to touring in support of his debut, he's been the pianist for singers Cécile McLorin Salvant and Roberta Gambarini; trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Etienne Charles, and Ambrose Akinmusire; guitarists John Scofield and Peter Bernstein. The year after his debut dropped, New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center crowned Fortner with an "Emerging Artist" award.