Pianist Cyrus Chestnut has been described by the New York Times as of jazz’s most convincing anachronisms whose crisp articulation and blues inflected harmony evokes another era. The New York Daily News once heralded Chestnut as the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Erroll Garner. In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR) for All Things Considered, Chestnut remarked, “If I can send one person home after a performance feeling better than when they arrived, then I’ve done my job, and I sleep good at night.” To this day, Chestnut attends church every Sunday, and whenever he can he plays in the local church in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his family. He told CBS News, “If I’m not working, you’ll find me in somebody’s church.” Chestnut continually tours with his trio, playing live at jazz festivals around the world as well as clubs and concert halls. 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 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. Chestnut is a highly intelligent improviser with one of the surest senses of swing in jazz and will be joined for this performance by vibraphonist Warren Wolf.
Vibraphonist Warren Wolf, is a classically trained jazz virtuoso. Mr. Wolf, from Baltimore, Maryland is a graduate of Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore School for the Arts, and Berklee College of Music, where soon after graduation he was asked to join the faculty as percussion instructor. Mr. Wolf is now a full-time touring musician, having released several recordings as a leader, including Incredible Jazz Vibes and Black Wolf. During his time at Berklee, Warren studied with Carribean Jazz Vibraphonist Dave Samuels for seven of eight semesters. One semester was spent with vibist Ed Saindon. For a follow-up to his superb sophomore release Wolfgang, rising star vibraphonist/composer Warren Wolf finds himself alongside some of the biggest names in modern jazz for Convergence, his stellar third outing on Mack Avenue Records. Along with bassist Christian McBride, the all-world rhythm section is rounded out by master drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and esteemed pianist Brad Mehldau. Renowned guitarist John Scofield is a featured soloist on two tracks.
The soulful jazz piano of Cyrus Chestnut with the vibe of Warren Wolf are sure to make for a remarkable evening.
JazzTalk with guest host Bob McWilliams at 7pm
Saturday March 04, 2017
The Folly Theater
300 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Ticket Office 816.474.4444