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Cyrus Chestnut

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An adept jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut balances his lithe technical skill with a robust, soulful style that speaks to his deep gospel roots and love of swinging hard bop. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Chestnut first studied piano with his father at the age of five, with official lessons beginning two years later. By the age of nine, he was enrolled in the prep program at the Peabody Institute. He graduated from Berklee with a degree in jazz composition and arranging. Chestnut took his time, working with a number of top-notch musicians (Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison) before finally recording his first solo CD at the age of 30. His initial dates as a leader were recorded for the Japanese label Alfa (reissued on Evidence), and he became an Atlantic artist in 1994. A self-titled LP followed in 1998, with Tribute to Duke Ellington following a year later. In subsequent years, Chestnut remained busy, releasing Charlie Brown Christmas in 2000, the all-original Soul Food in 2001, You Are My Sunshine in 2003, Genuine Chestnut in 2006, and Cyrus Plays Elvis in 2007. The following year, he released Black Nile on Japan's M&I label. In 2013, he delivered the hard bop-infused Soul Brother Cool, which featured trumpeter Freddie Hendrix. He then showcased his trio on the concert album Midnight Melodies, recorded live at Smoke in New York City. In 2015, Chestnut released his debut album for HighNote, the trio effort A Million Colors in Your Mind, which featured backing from bassist David Williams and drummer Victor Lewis. For his second HighNote effort, 2016's Natural Essence, the pianist was joined by bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White. ~ Ken Dryden
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Albums by
Cyrus Chestnut

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    Soul Brother Cool

    14 songs

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    Spirit

    11 songs

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    Cyrus Plays Elvis

    13 songs

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    You Are My Sunshine

    11 songs

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    Soul Food

    11 songs

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    Cyrus Chestnut

    12 songs

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    Blessed Quietness: Collection of Hymns, Spirituals, Carols

    11 songs

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    Earth Stories

    12 songs

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    The Dark Before the Dawn

    11 songs

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    Revelation

    11 songs

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    Midnight Melodies

    9 songs

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    Natural Essence

    10 songs

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    A Million Colors in Your Mind

    14 songs

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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    7 songs

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    Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul

    12 songs

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    Heart to Heart

    10 songs

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    Black Nile

    11 songs

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    Genuine Chestnut

    11 songs

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    Tribute to Duke Ellington

    8 songs

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    The Nutman Speaks Again

    7 songs

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    The Nutman Speaks

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Christmas Time Is Here featuring Christian McBride
  3.   Linus and Lucy featuring Christian McBride
  4.   What Child Is This? featuring Christian McBride
  5.   Yemenja
  6.   Faith Amongst the Unknown
  7.   Mamacita
  8.   The Christmas Song
  9.   My Romance
  10.   Two Heartbeats
  11.   Lord, Lord, Lord
  12.   Me and Charlie Brown
  13.   Cornbread Pudding
  14.   A Time for Love
  15.   Day Dream
  16.   Bag's Groove
  17.   Proverbial Lament
  18.   I've Never Been in Love Before
  19.   Giant Steps
  20.   Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  21.   Elegant Flower
  22.   Sweet Hour of Prayer
  23.   Goodnight
  24.   My Favorite Things by Anita Baker
  25.   Nutman's Invention #2
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    Jazz Christmas

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    Contemporary Jazz

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    The Wolf Lounge

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    Jazz

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    Late Night Jazz

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    Modern Jazz

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    Classic Jazz

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    Classic Jazz [Non-Voc]


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