Swinging Gospel-Infused Jazz
Pianist Cyrus Chestnut is one of jazz’s most important links to its past, while continuing to look toward the future. Chestnut’s melodic playing and impeccable swing evoke comparisons to Jay McShann and Count Basie. The sound of his trio, featuring bassist Michael Hawkins and drummer Neal Smith, is decidedly 21st Century.
Cyrus has been featured on film playing a Count Basie inspired character in the Robert Altman film, Kansas City. His leadership and prowess as a soloist has also led him to be a first call for the piano chair in many big bands including the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. He has also recorded with Bette Midler, Freddy Cole, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Isaac Hayes, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Regina Cater, Chick Corea, and many others to numerous to name. Chestnut continually tours with his trio, playing live at jazz festivals around the world as well as clubs and concert halls.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“one of the most esteemed and productive of jazz pianists.” – All About Jazz