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Bethlehem, Pa., February 7, 2006— Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut will perform as part of the Piano Masters@Moravian series on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Baptist-influenced artist will perform in Peter Hall at Moravian College.
The Baltimore-born Chestnut began playing the piano when he was five years old, soon playing at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. At nine, he attended Peabody Preparatory Institute. He went on to win great acclaim and several prestigious scholarships as a student at the Berklee College of Music. He has worked with jazz greats like Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, John Hendricks, and Terence Blanchard. In 1992, Chestnut released his first solo albums, The Nutman Speaks and The Nutman Speaks Again. He also debuted as leader, taking charge of the Cyrus Chestnut Trio for the release of Nut. Since then he has recorded several albums, including the soon-to-be-released Genuine Chestnut.
He tours with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio, which also includes bassist Michael Hawkins and drummer Neal Smith. The ensemble plays at jazz festivals around the world in addition to clubs and concert halls. Chestnut made his debut as an actor in the 1996 film Kansas City. He is also credited for his piano playing in the 1998 version of Great Expectations, loosely based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
Tickets for the performance are $35 and available by calling 610-515-1025 or online at http://www.pianoculture.com. Peter Hall is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem.