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Cyrus Chestnut

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Telarc International, a leader in jazz recording since the 1980s, adds another stellar name to its impressive roster by bringing pianist Cyrus Chestnut into the fold. Chestnut has recently finished an album with the help of producer Elaine Martone (McCoy Tyner, Tierney Sutton, Ray Brown). Genuine Chestnut, a mix of original material with a few covers, is scheduled for release in February 2006. “There’s a good team at Telarc, and an excellent reputation in jazz that spans almost two decades,” says Chestnut. “I’m very honored to be a part of the legacy of great artists who have recorded with them.” Born in January 1963, Chestnut first sat down at the piano with his father at age five, and began his formal training at seven

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Article: Album Review

John R. Lamkin II: Movin'

Read "Movin'" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Movin' from John Lamkin II, and The Favorites Jazz Quintet, marks only the third album in a career that has spanned four decades. The trumpeter and composer is a native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and had his first taste of jazz on Kentucky Avenue before casinos took over that space. Before joining the University of ...

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News: Performance / Tour

The Cecilia Chorus Of New York Presents On April 19 At Carnegie Hall - World Premiere Of Cyrus Chestnut’s Power In The Blood - Beethoven: Christ On The Mount Of Olives!

The Cecilia Chorus Of New York Presents On April 19 At Carnegie Hall - World Premiere Of Cyrus Chestnut’s Power In The Blood - Beethoven: Christ On The Mount Of Olives!

The Cecilia Chorus of New York with Maestro Cyrus Chestnut at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 19th at 8 PM Two Passion stories, each a gripping musical narrative: Beethoven’s edge-of-your-seat Christ on the Mount of Olives features high-wire solos, dramatic choruses, and full orchestra. Cyrus Chestnut’s electrifying Power in the Blood is a cycle of spirituals ...

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Article: Album Review

Curtis Taylor: Taylor Made

Read "Taylor Made" reviewed by Troy Dostert


From the classic Blue Note-inspired cover design to the wide range of bop-based jazz influences found within, trumpeter Curtis Taylor leaves no doubt about the vibe he is aiming for with his debut full-length release, Taylor Made. Taylor has been a frequently used sideman by artists such as Gregory Porter, Billy Childs, and Cyrus Chestnut, so ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Cyrus Chestnut First Time Headlining Performance At Carnegie Hall On April 19th!

Cyrus Chestnut First Time Headlining Performance At Carnegie Hall On April 19th!

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut Commissioned For First Time Headlining Performance at Carnegie Hall on April 19th, with Full Orchestra with The Cecilia Chorus of New York. Presenting a two part show: “Christ on the Mount of Olives" and “Power in the Blood." Two Passion stories, each a gripping musical narrative: Beethoven’s edge-of-your-seat Christ on the Mount of ...

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Back Home in Kansas City

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: 1. "Back Home in Kansas City" 2. "Red Bank Heist" 3. "Our Love Remains" 4. "Bon Voyage" 5. "The Star is in the East" 6. "Mind Wine" 7. "Celestial" 8. "Dear Lord" 9. "Side Steps" 10. "I'm Glad There is You" 11. "Blues for Alto"

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Article: Album Review

Doug Richards Orchestra: Through a Sonic Prism

Read "Through a Sonic Prism" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If the title of the Doug Richards Orchestra's new album, Through a Sonic Prism, seems a bit esoteric, its subtitle--"The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim"--should help set the mind at ease. This is undeniably beautiful music, handsomely arranged by Richards and flawlessly performed by his eighteen-member Virginia-based ensemble and vocalist Laura Ann Singh, whose seductive voice ...

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Article: Profile

Starting Over with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Read "Starting Over with Dee Dee Bridgewater" reviewed by Mathew Bahl


In jazz, as in life, the most interesting path between two points is rarely a straight line. Consider the acclaimed jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater For much of the 1990s, Bridgewater engaged in what was arguably the decade's most dynamic, comprehensive and witty exploration of the idea of the human voice as an instrument. Along the ...

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Article: Live Review

2023 American Pianists Awards

Read "2023 American Pianists Awards" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


2023 American Pianists Awards Indianapolis, Indiana April 20-22, 2023 The mission of the American Pianists Association is “to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists." One of the major activities in that mission is the bi-annual competitions run by the Association, alternating classical and jazz ...

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Article: Live Review

Samara Joy at Christ Church Cranbrook

Read "Samara Joy at Christ Church Cranbrook" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Samara Joy Christ Church Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills, Michigan March 24, 2023 Jazz fans in the Detroit metro area have become well-acquainted with the stately confines of Christ Church Cranbrook, as the church has hosted a series of sacred concerts and jazz masses going back to 2015. These include regular appearances by ...


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