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Cyrus Chestnut: Nobody Like 'The Nutman'

October 3, 2012One of contemporary jazz's most renowned pianists dazzles during his recent visit to KPLU's studios in Seattle. Watch Chestnut work magic throughout this three-song solo set.

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut took his time making a name for himself on the jazz scene: For a decade starting in the mid-1980s, he apprenticed as pianist for Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Donald Harrison and Wynton Marsalis. But since then, he's toured the world and recorded 15 albums as a bandleader.

In this performance and interview, Cyrus describes his gospel roots and his discovery of jazz, and discusses how he approaches interpreting other composers' music.

Set List
  • "Tonk"
  • "Polka Dots And Moonbeams"
  • "No Problem"
Credits
  • Host: Abe Beeson
  • Video: Justin Steyer

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