Mon Nov 4

Lafayette Gilchrist - Solo Piano Series

Mon, November 4
7PM / $30 | $7 Fees
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Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Lafayette Gilchrist

"New Orleans barrelhouse piano, the Impressionism of Ravel and Duke 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, The 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

“ **** Gilchrist treads a very personal path, combining the stride and blues styles of the old school with the hip- hop and go-go funk rhythms of his youth. It’s a powerful blend, especially on this densely arranged sextet album of originals. Solid grooves dissolve into romantic elegies and horns unite dramatically before splitting into solos that slide into postbop abandon....This is urgent music, impossible to ignore.” – Chris Pearson, The Times (London)

Lafayette Gilchrist’s music draws on the span of jazz history from stride to free improvisation, along  with inspiration from hip-hop, funk, and Washington D.C.’s unique go-go sound. His work thrives on making surprising connections between styles and influences, boldly veering from piledriver funk to  piquant stride, vigorous swing to hip-hop swagger, contemplative abstraction to deep-bottom grooves. Gilchrist has toured extensively with David Murray, and his compositions have graced the  soundtracks of David Simon’s acclaimed series The Wire, The Deuce, and Treme .  He leads the genre-defying ensembles the New Volcanoes and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars, and  along with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Eric Kennedy, he’s a member of the adventurous  collective trio Inside Out. In 2017, Gilchrist was named a Local Legend by Baltimore Magazine , while  Baltimore City Paper named Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes “Best Band.” In 2018 he was chosen as a Baker Artist Award winner. Gilchrist has performed with Cassandra Wilson, Macy Gray,  Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Orrin Evans, Paul Dunmall, Hamid Drake, William Parker, and many more. Gilchrist’s recent albums – 2019’s Dark Matter , 2020’s Now and 2023’s Undaunted – landed on numerous critics best of the year lists at National Public Radio, Paste Magazine, All About Jazz, and many more.

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Mon, November 4

7PM / $30 | $7 Fees
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*Please note:
1. Final sale, no refunds, not transferable.
2. $15 food/beverage minimum per person not included in ticket price.
3. Seating first come at the door. Doors open 6 PM & 8:45 PM respectively.
4. Photography or Recording of any kind is prohibited during the performance.
5. Keep conversation to a minimum during the performance.

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