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Cyrus Chestnut

This week on JazzSet, we're at a sophisticated new space for music, food and drinks "every night, baby" -- Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Cyrus Chestnut

The room itself is a thing of beauty. The backdrop to the stage is floor to ceiling glass, overlooking Central Park South. On the walls: curved, blond bamboo paneling, to sweeten the acoustics. At the tables and bar, it's festive because it's the night before New Year's Eve, the first holiday season ever at the new J@LC.

In pianist Cyrus Chestnut's words, "It's a great honor to be part of the inaugural run... when the history book is written, we'll be in it."

In pianist Cyrus Chestnut's words, "It's a great honor to be part of the inaugural run... when the history book is written, we'll be in it."

The band is Cyrus Chestnut and Friends: Mike Hawkins and Neil Smith on drums, and later, Frank Morgan on alto, Marcus Printup on trumpet. Pianist Chestnut moves people with his gospel sound, learned as a child in Baltimore. That's indeed not all, as you will hear. Cyrus has "chops," speed, power and personality. "Miss Thing" is full and fast. His arrangement of "Body and Soul" is smooth and quiet. As the set closes he tags it with, "We're going to play one more, think about what we've done, and never do it again."

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MUSIC
"Miss Thing" by Cyrus Chestnut
"Jitterbug Waltz" by Thomas Waller
"Twelve Bar Ballad" by Cyrus Chestnut
"Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie et al
"Footprints" by Wayne Shorter
"Body and Soul" by Heyman & Greene, arr. Chestnut

WEB RESOURCES
Cyrus Chestnut

Kennedy Center Jazz @ Lincoln Center

CREDITS
Our recording is by Jim Anderson, with the team of Brian McCabe, Jim Donahue and Yujin Cha. Thanks to NPR's Kerry Thompson.
Thanks to Derek Gordon, Andre Kimo Stone Guess, Todd Barkan and the excellent staff at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, J@LC... also Bank of America, the presenting sponsor, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Our Technical Director is Duke Markos.
Ms. Bridgewater's recording engineer is Pascal Camille, Media Mix Production in Paris, and director Claude Carriere.
Producer is Becca Pulliam, with Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark.


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