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The Best Jazz Pianist You Have Never Heard Of – Cyrus Chestnut

Cyrus Chestnut was born in Baltimore, and lives in the Washington-Baltimore area. I have seen him play 4 or 5 times, with my appreciation of what he is doing rising each and every time. I would call his style “austere”, with clean beautifully struck notes.First time I listened to Cyrus was in the late 80’s at the Treaty of Paris Restaurant in Annapolis Maryland. My group of 6 was in another room – We asked for and got a table in the room with the trio. That was a delight!

He is one of the most requested pianists among recording musicians, including  Freddy Cole,Bette Midler, Jon Hendricks, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Scott, Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes, Kevin Mahogany, Dizzy Gillespie, and opera diva Kathleen Battle. If you have heard Anita Baker, chances are you heard Cyrus.




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Posted by on September 3, 2016 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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Erroll Garner Unreleased Album

My fellow jazz aficionados will be excited about this one. An entire album of never released music from Jazz Legend Pianist Erroll Garner. Can’t make the embed code work on this blog, so you will have to go to the article to listen to the first released Track called “Bernie’s Tune”.

For those of you who have never heard of the real Piano Man – here is Side B of what is probably his best known album –

Exclusive: Hear ‘Bernie’s Tune,’ an Unreleased Erroll Garner Track

At just 5-foot-2, jazz legend Erroll Garner used to stack phone books on his piano bench to properly reach the keys. But that didn’t stop him from making a name for himself as one of the genre’s greats, crafting tunes that would become standards—and even allegedly holding the title as Johnny Carson’s favorite musician.

Though Garner died too young—at age 55—in 1977, his memory lives on with both a devout fan club and, of course, in his music. Coming Sept. 18, a new collection featuring 11 unreleased tracks will be available. Errol Garners The Complete Concert by the Sea celebrates the 60th anniversary of his best-selling live album of the same name, which was recorded as part of the concert series that laid the groundwork for the Monterey Jazz Festival. Along with extra tracks, the collection includes audio from both the show’s announcer and interviews with band members.

“I don’t think I need to tell you how significant a figure Erroll Garner is in the history of American music,” Grammy-winning jazz writer Dan Morgenstern notes. “His artistry transcended categories over four decades. Without ever saying a word or indulging in showbiz trimmings, he could just play the piano and hold thousands enraptured.”

Below, hear the previously unreleased “Bernie’s Tune” for the first time, and click here to preorder the album. Hit the link to the article above.

Just for fun…One more…

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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Jazz Pianist Hank Jones Passes

Hank Jones, perhaps the last living link to the early Jazz greats died this morning at the age of 91. Jones never got the acclaim of others – but always was there when there when the Greats gathered…

This clip is Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins – with Hank Jones on Piano, Buddy Rich on Drums, and Ray Brown on Bass…

It doesn’t get any better than this!

Here is Hank Jones talking about the development of “BeBop” –

Lastly – interpretation of the Classic – “Take the A Train” – Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Black History


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