Jeremy Siskind

2017 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Jeremy Siskind is a pianist, composer, and educator based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Siskind holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Jazz Performance and Music Theory) and Columbia University (English and Comparative Literature).
Jeremy Siskind is a Yamaha Artist.

2018 AJPC Judges
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Lynne Arriale

2017 FINAL JUDGE

A devoted educator and Yamaha artist, Arriale is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at The University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She has served as a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, the Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Workshop, the Thelonious Monk Institute in Aspen and numerous clinics and workshops worldwide, including the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Brazil and South Africa.

Lynne Arriale Website

Martin Bejerano

2017 FINAL JUDGE

Martin heads the jazz piano department at the University of Miami, teaching jazz piano, improvisation and composition, and continues to perform internationally. He is featured on several recent recordings, including the newly released “Potential Energy”, Armando Gola’s “Gola Elektrik” and Roy Haynes’s “Roy-alty”.

Martin Bejerano Website

Doug Johnson

2017 PRELIMINARY JUDGE

Doug Johnson is a pianist and an educator and is Associate Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music. Doug is a Licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping Certification) and a founding member of the Berklee Performance Wellness Institute. M.M from the New England Conservatory. (AJPC Final Judge 2014, AJPC Preliminary Judge 2017)

Bill Mays

2017 FINAL JUDGE

Bill Mays — beyond category. With deep roots in jazz, gospel, pop and classical music his eclectic, prolific career as pianist, composer and arranger spans five decades. On hundreds of recordings, TV and movie soundtracks, Bill’s concert and studio credits include a who’s who of modern music, from Benny Golson to Gerry Mulligan to Sarah Vaughan to Frank Zappa.

Paul Tardif

2017 PRELIMINARY JUDGE

Paul Tardif is an outstanding jazz musician and has toured with Tony Bennett and performed with Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and many more internationally renowned artists. (AJPC Preliminary Judge 2014, 2015, 2017)

Paul Tardif Biography

Kenny Barron

FINAL JUDGE

Ten-time Grammy nominee and longstanding Professor of Music at Rutgers University, Kenny Barron has recorded over 40 albums and is an internationally renowned performer. (Final Judge 2015)

Kenny Barron Website

Per Danielsson

FINAL JUDGE

Sweden native Per Danielsson is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at The University of Central Florida in Orlando and is an active performer with many international Jazz legends. (AJPC Final Judge 2015)

Per Danielsson Website

Wes Hamrick

PRELIMINARY JUDGE

Jazz and studio music performer, Wes Hamrick graduated from the Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music and is performing at festivals and concerts throughout the country. (AJPC Preliminary Judge 2015)

Wes Hamrick Biography

Ed Simon

FINAL JUDGE

A Yamaha artist, Simon was named Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2010. Steel House, his latest collaboration, is a trio featuring some of the most prominent players of his generation. (AJPC Final Judge 2014)

Christian Tamburr

FINAL JUDGE

Internationally touring vibraphonist and pianist, Christian Tamburr won the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer” award and the “2013 Critic’s Choice Top Rising Star” award. (AJPC Final Judge 2014, 2015)