Lafayette Gilchrist Trio w/Brian Settles (Sets at 7:00 & 8:30 PM)
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About the Event
Award winning pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist is accompanied by Brian Settles (sax), Herman Burney (bass) and Joel Santiago (drums).
"Ellington's jaggy solo-piano sound form the bedrock of Lafayette Gilchrist's style at the keyboard. But if there's one big influence on the way he thinks about rhythm, it's the deeply swinging 'pocket' of a classic go-go beat." - Giovanni Russonello, New York Times
"Lafayette Gilchrist has dug deep into [jazz piano] history...he's tapping into jazz's spiritual, historical and cultural roots. He's an old soul at ease in the modern world." - Kevin Whitehead, NPR's Fresh Air
Born in August 1967 in Washington, D.C., Lafayette Gilchrist’s life as a pianist began at 17 while he was studying economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore. On his way to an English class during his freshman year, he wandered into a recital hall and began pecking out melodies and riffs on a Steinway piano. Gilchrist subsequently spent many hours teaching himself piano and auditing music theory classes. By the time he graduated, he had started his career as a pianist and composer. He formed his first ensemble, New Volcanoes, in 1993 and released his debut album, The Art is Life, that same year. He’s since released 13 other albums as a leader. In addition to The Wire, his music has been featured on HBO’s Treme and The Deuce. “Gilchrist's writing weaves together old-school funk rhythms with hip-hop cadences and raw street beats,” says Troy Collins in All About Jazz. “His melodic sensibility embraces the esoteric angularity of Andrew Hill and Sun Ra as much as the emotional directness of the blues.” In addition to his work as a leader, Gilchrist has also performed as a sideman with a host of jazz luminaries including saxophonist David Murray, singer Cassandra Wilson, trombonist Craig Harris, bassist William Parker and drummer Andrew Cyrille.