Pianist Cyrus Chestnut marks an important milestone is his career. His new recording "Midnight Melodies" is the first live recording in which he's documented as a seasoned performer. The CD features two successful John Hicks alumni: the great Victor Lewis on drums and Curtis Lundy on bass. When you hear the recording it takes you back to those great live recordings from the 1950's and 60's where many jazz pianists like Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, and Bill Evans were documented in the most intimate settings with very important bands throughout their career.
Cyrus was a member of the great "young lions" group of musicians during the 1980's when he and other younger musicians came on the jazz scene as key musicians that revived the music as well as back the deans of the music. He's played with Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks as well as contemporary vocalists Carla Cook, Aretha Franklin, and Anita Baker.
Smoke Jazz and Supper Club has been an important staple in the jazz community in New York City for well over a decade. The club has been recording many live recordings over the last three years and have made the live listening experience available for music fans on their own Smoke Session Records. Smoke continues to feature jazz musicians from all over world ranging from the up-and-coming artists to the jazz icons that have shaped and continue to be trailblazers to the music. Look for upcoming releases from Smoke by Eric Reed and Orrin Evans.
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