2013 - Justin Salisbury, piano
Justin Salisbury, age 18, hails from a small town called Clatskanie, Oregon in the lower Columbia River region. He began piano lessons in kindergarten. Justin lives a little over an hour away from any jazz or musical enrichment; until he could drive his parents drove him everywhere. Justin is an in-demand musician in the Pacific Northwest who has played with many professional artists locally and from the national scene.
This year Justin had the privilege of playing under the direction of NEA Jazz master Gerald Wilson in the Portland Youth Jazz All Stars. He has attended the Mel Brown Jazz Camp in Monmouth, Oregon and the Berklee College of Music Five Week Summer Performance Program. He studies under Portland jazz artist Clay Giberson. He has studied or worked with artists spanning multiple genres such as Seattle grunge legend Steve Fisk, free jazz trumpeter Nate Wooley, and jazz pianist George Colligan.
In 2012, Justin received a full tuition scholarship to the Berklee Five Week Program. Justin also makes experimental electronic music on the side and tours with a pop rock band called SEACATS. This fall, he was selected for the prestigious, full tuition Jimmy Lyons Scholarship which is awarded to one West Coast musician of promising talent. Justin will also be entering as a freshman this year at Berklee College of Music.