Joe Gilman Wins 2004 Great American Jazz Piano Competition

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Please join us in congratulating Sunnyside recording artist Joe Gilman for winning the 2004 Great American Jazz Piano Competition. For 20 years this competition, held in Jacksonville, FL has been a proving ground for the world's finest up and coming jazz pianists. Previous winners of this competition have included Marcus Roberts, Lynne Arriale, Deanna Witowski, and Kenny Drew Jr. Other finalists have included such notables as Harry Connick Jr. and Brad Mehldau. The judges for this years competition included Joe Sample, Bunky Green, Joanne Brackeen, and Marcus Roberts.

Mr. Gilman is a full-time professor at American River College in California. He has received bachelor's degrees in piano and jazz studies at Indiana University, a master's degree in jazz and the contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Sarasota. Joe has performed professionally with Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Richie Cole, George Duke, Chris Botti and Slide Hampton, and has recorded with Joe Henderson and Jeff Watts. In addition, he has twice been an International Jazz Ambassador through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and USIA traveling to West Africa in 1999, and East and Southern Africa in 2000.

Joes debut recording for Sunnyside is entitled Time Again: Brubeck Revisited Vol. 1. The record came about after a week long teaching engagement in 2002 at the Brubeck Institute caught the attention of its namesake. So impressed by his work, Mr. Brubeck provided Gilman with his entire catalog of published music for future engagements. To thank him, Gilman rearranged many of his tunes for his trio, including two Brubeck Institute musicians, Joe Sanders (bass), and Justin Brown (drums). In the words of Mr. Brubeck himself, I am truly amazing with the trios imaginative interpretations of my music. I laughed and hollered out loud at every track, hearing rhythmic, harmonic and swinging version of my tunes. Volume two of this work is scheduled for release in 2005 on Sunnyside as well.

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