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KC Jazz Club: Cyrus Chestnut

KC Jazz Club: Cyrus Chestnut

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Using gospel roots to transmit a joyful, contagious affinity to early jazz forms, the pianist reveals "an orchestral command of the keyboard and a sophisticated sense of swing" (People Magazine).

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Critically acclaimed pianist and songwriter Cyrus Chestnut has been described as one of the best jazz pianists of his generation due to his "willingness to abandon notes and play space" (Time Magazine). Born in 1963, Chestnut started his musical career at the age of three. By age six, he was playing piano at church in his hometown of Baltimore, and by age nine, he was studying classical music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute. Known for infusing post-bop with his strong gospel roots and classical training, Chestnut "gives himself plenty of freedom to explore different emotions, while keeping the music in recognizable form" (All About Jazz).