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Cyrus Chestnut & Friends at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola TONIGHT!

February 21, 2012

Cyrus Chestnut started his musical career at the age of six, playing piano at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in his hometown. By age nine, he was studying classical music at Peabody Institute. In 1985, Chestnut earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Chestnut was awarded the Eubie Blake Fellowship (1982), the Quincy Jones Scholarship (1983), and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship (1984).
Chestnut toured as pianist for Jon Hendricks, 1986–88; Terrence Blanchard, 1988–90; Donald Harrison, 1988–90; Wynton Marsalis, 1991; and the Betty Carter Trio, 1991-93. His association with Carter, which began in ’91, significantly affected his outlook and approach to music, confirming his already iconoclastic instincts. Carter advised him to “take chances” and “play things I’ve never heard,” Chestnut says..Chestnut is simply one of the most swinging piano players to come out of the 1980s young lions movement. His strong roots in gospel music and the soul-jazz era of the 1960s are never too far from his fingertips. Toe-tapping and finger-snapping are part of the involuntary reactions from any audience where Chestnut is seated at a piano. Cyrus Chestnut, piano; Stacy Dillard, tenor saxophone; Dezron Douglas, bass; Neal Smith, drums
Get over to Dizzy’s for some of the best music you will ever hear…

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