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Summer of Jazz presents Cyrus Chestnut

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut is known as a rare artist capable of investigating the points of intersection between jazz, classic, rhythm and blues, and gospel. The results never sound forced or disingenuous.

Chestnut and trio take to the Summer of Jazz stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. Music begins at 7 p.m.

Chestnut received his earliest musical training at age 5 from his father, McDonald Chestnut. He performed his first recital at age 7, when he played at the Mt. Calvary Star Baptist Church in Baltimore. Throughout his career he has been influenced by various types of music, yet he’s managed to synthesize them all into one sound that separates and defines him from other artists. While his influences are varied, to this day, his roots in the church remain an essential component of his personality and his aesthetics. Playing music, he feels, brings him closer to God.

“I believe that I’ve been given the assignment, for my existence on Earth, to do this,” said Chestnut. “To be able to play notes and rhythms to inspire and encourage, wherever I go.”

Admission to Summer of Jazz is free, and donations, collected at intermission, are graciously accepted. Your support for this and future Summer of Jazz concerts is greatly appreciated. Food, refreshments and T-shirts are available. As always, no glass and no dogs.

On Wednesday, July 17, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana take to the Summer stage. Canadian born and classically trained Flutist Bunnett, and her band of renowned Cuban musicians, explore and celebrate Cuban folkloric music. Dreamy island chants, rumba and traditional lullabies set the stage for a memorable evening of intimate music.

On July 24, saxophonist Red Holloway and pianist Cedar Walton, two jazz/bop greats, complete the Summer of Jazz series.


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