Fortner’s Keys – by Deborah Demoss Smith (Board Member)

Have y’all ever been to a concert having not heard the artist perform before and hoping you’d leave glad you’d come?  That was my experience on the opening night of the festival, Thursday, Feb. 18th at Classic Pianos. New Orleans-born 29-year-old pianist/composer Sullivan Fortner’s key strokes and music selection offered a more wiser and experienced jazz man than his age may suggest. The room was full and Solly put a spell, with solid jazz standards and cool originals, on the very receptive audience. Earlier in the day, he and I had an easy-going jazz conversation at the nearly-full 220-seat PSU Lincoln Recital Hall.  Hope to see him back in P-town soon.