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Cyrus Chestnut
Cyrus (* 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a jazz pianist and composer. He began learning to play the piano at age seven, and in his boyhood played at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. By the age of nine, he was studying classical music at the Peabody Institute. In 1985, Cyrus earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging from Boston's Berklee College of Music.
 
In 2006, Telarc released Genuine Chestnut, his first album for the label. On it he is accompanied by his regular trio of Michael Hawkins, bass and Neal Smith, drums. Additional artists on this session include Russell Malone, guitar and Steven Kroon, percussion. It includes jazz interpretations of some well-known pop numbers of the past half-century, including "If", the early 1970s soft-rock ballad by Bread. "This song has been with me ever since the sixth grade," Chestnut recalled, "I had to play it for my English teacher's wedding. I've played it in many and various contexts. I actually played it in a Top 40 band when I was just out of school. A lot of time has passed, but then recently I just started thinking about it again." Chestnut's own "Mason-Dixon Line" is one of the album's high points, a joyful bebop number.
contact:
homepage: cyruschestnut.net
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Discography
The Blues Chronicles
Atlantic 82893-2
recorded in New York, NY/USA
Gary Bartz, soprano sax, alto sax
Tom Williams, trumpet
Russell Malone, guitar
Cyrus Chestnut, organ, piano
George Colligan, piano
James King, bass
Dennis Chambers, drums
Greg Bandy, drums
Jon Hendricks, vocals
Underground
Antilles 314 537 745-2
recorded 1997 in New York, NY/USA and London/Great Britain
Courtney Pine, soprano sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute
Nicholas Payton, trumpet
Mark Whitfield, guitar
Cyrus Chestnut, piano, organ
Reginald Veal, double bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums
Jhelisa, vocals
In Carterian Fashion
Atlantic 83082
recorded in New York, NY/USA
James Carter, soprano sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, bass clarinet
Cassius Richmond, alto sax
Dwight Adams, trumpet
Craig Taborn, Hammond organ
Henry Butler, Hammond organ
Cyrus Chestnut, Hammond organ
Steve Kirby, bass
Jaribu Shahid, bass
Alvester Garnett, drums
Tani Tabbal, drums
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Atlantic 83366
recorded in New York, NY/USA
Cyrus Chestnut, organ, piano
Gary Bartz, alto sax
Kenny Garrett, alto sax
Michael Brecker, tenor sax
Steve Turre , trombone
Wallace Roney, trumpet
Hubert Laws, flute
Ardeshir Farah, guitar
Pat Martino, guitar
Jorge Strunz, guitar
Stefon Harris, vibes
Tollak Ollestad, harmonica
Christian McBride, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Don Alias, percussion
The Boys Choir of Harlem, vocals
Mark Duncan, vocals
Antoine Gardner, vocals
The Manhattan Transfer, vocals
Kevin Miller, vocals
Anthony Taylor, vocals
Vanessa Williams, vocals
Dem Bones
Maxjazz MXJ 111
recorded August 2000 in New York, NY/USA
Carla Cook, vocals
Craig Harris, trombone
Tyrone Jefferson, trombone
Fred Wesley, trombone
Katsuhiko Naito, recorder
Cyrus Chestnut, organ, piano, Fender Rhodes
James Genus, bass
Billy Kilson, drums
Jeff Haynes, percussion
Gold Songs
Brown Brothers Recordings BBR-CD1
recorded September 2004 in New York, NY/USA
James Carter, soprano sax, tenor sax
Cyrus Chestnut, piano, organ, Fender Rhodes
Reginald Veal, bass, vocals
Ali Muhammed Jackson, drums, percussion, tambourine, vocals
Blackside
Jazz Legacy Productions JLP 1201019
recorded February and May 2012 in South Orange, NJ/USA
Mark Gross, soprano sax, alto sax
Michael Dease, trombone
Jason Jackson, trombone
Curtis Henderson, trombone
Robert Edwards, bass trombone
Stanton Caldwell III, trumpet
James Gibbs III, trumpet
Greg Gisbert, trumpet
Randall Haywood, trumpet
Freddie Hendrix, trumpet, flugelhorn
Yotam Silberstein, guitar
Cyrus Chestnut, organ, piano
Dezron Douglas, bass
Gregory Hutchinson, drums
Vanderlei Pereira, percussion
Evan Sherman, percussion
Rosena M. Hill, vocals
The Groove Lab
Jando Music VVJ 103
recorded August 2013 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Ameen Saleem, bass
Stacy Dillard, soprano sax, tenor sax
Roy Hargrove, trumpet, flugelhorn
Craig Magnano, guitar
Cyrus Chestnut, organ, piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Jeremy " Bean" Clemons, drums, percussion
Gregory Hutchinson, drums
Ramona Dunlop, vocals
Mavis "Swan" Poole, vocals
Angels
Jazz Legacy Productions 1501021

Andy Scott, vocals
Andres Boiarsky, tenor sax, clarinet
Greg Gisbert, trumpet
Freddie Hendrix, trumpet
Anne Drummond, alto flute
Yotam Silberstein, guitar
Cyrus Chestnut, organ, piano
Abelita Mateus, piano, Fender Rhodes, vocals
Dezron Douglas, bass
Evan Sherman, drums
Vince Ector, drums, percussion
Roger Squitero, percussion
Ronell Bey, vocals

 
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