About the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition

The Ellis Marsalis international Jazz Piano Competition is meant to be the most comprehensive, challenging, and in-depth jazz piano competition in the world. The purpose is to challenge, test, and evaluate each competitor against well established traits which means the difference between good piano players and those who shall go on to greatness. This competition highlights the best in modern jazz piano playing, from an emerging group of musicians who lack major or independent recording recognition.

National endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis is the patriarch of "America's First Family of Jazz", and has been influential in launching the careers of countless jazz musicians including sons, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Jason Marsalis. Additionally he was instrumental in helping launch the careers of countless other students including Harry Connick Junior, Brian Blade, Nicholas Payron Donald Harrison, Terrence Blanchard Neal Caine, anc countless others.

Ellis MarsalisArguably the most influential jazz educator in the history of the music, he has also played and been featured on the bandstands of the most prestigious music festivals 7 jazz clubs around the world. Now in a unique partnership with Marshall University ( Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.A.) and The Nu Jazz Agency (New York, NY, U.S.A.) the Marsalis family is teaming up to discover the next great jazz pianist. If you have what it takes, you'll compete live in the inaugural Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition in Huntington, West Virginia (U.S.A.) on Friday, June 22, 2018 and Saturday, June 23. 2018 to claim your share of over $200,000 (USD) in cash and prizes.

Up to six (6) finalist will be chosen to vie for First, Second, and Third place winners and to receive other special awards and prizes.

The Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition focuses on originality, performance, creativity, and ability to listen, inspire, react, and create music of the highest caliber in situations which are realistic music scenarios rather than just staged opportunities for showmanship. Highlighting the unique skill set that a piano player will need to thrive in an ever-changing and complex musical environment, this competition is a truer gauge of a competitor’s ability to make it in the 21st Century's musical landscape than has ever existed before.

The competition has (4) four different segments over the course of the two (2) days with each segment meant to challenge the actual musicianship and capabilities of each contestant and level the playing field in order to get true insight into the strengths and weaknesses of each performer.