Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Pianist Cyrus Chestnut appeals to both aficionados and fans alike. Adept enough to perform
with Wynton Marsalis, yet hip enough to make the "Peanuts" album swing. Chestnut worked
with a number of top-notch musicians including Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Terence
Blanchard, and Donald Harrison, before recording his first solo CD at the age of 30.
Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any of niche, though his gospel
sound is aparent on a number of his recordings.
"The pianist Cyrus Chestnut is one of jazz's most convincing anachronisms. His brand of
crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era, sometime before the
ascent of Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, to say nothing of Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett.
But unlike the typical nostalgist, who pines for the past partly because of a queasy
discomfort with the present, Mr. Chestnut appears comfortable with his placement in time.
What makes his music fly is a complete security in his style, and that sense of untroubled
self-assurance." - New York Times
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
SEI Innovation Studio
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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