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JAZZ PIANO SERIES 2019
A bi-monthly series to promote and focus on the innovation of the jazz piano, featuring local and national artists.
A formidable composer and keys player, Lafayette Gilchrist is one of the foremost talents in jazz today. Lafayette's recent solo album The View From Here has received enthusiastic critical acclaim, including an extended profile on the prestigious radio show NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
In 2018, Lafayette Gilchrist received the prestigious Baker Artist Award for music, which included a $10,000 prize. In 2017, Gilchrist was named Local Legend in “Best of Baltimore 2017” by Baltimore Magazine;Baltimore City Paper named Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes as “Best Band;” and “Best Music of 2017” by Baltimore Magazine. Gilchrist was also a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Traditions Master/Apprentice award in which he mentored Ethan Simon in 2010.
While steadily leading his Baltimore-based bands with a progressive stream of new music, Lafayette Gilchrist toured with David Murray in his octet and quartets for 13 years. During his time with Murray, he has performed at the Berlin Jazz Festival, recorded on Murray’s Sacred Ground EP for the National Hungarian Radio and Television, and played the Winter Jazz Festival and Vision Jazz Festival in NYC to name a few. He has performed with notable artists such as Carl Grubbs, David Murray, Cassandra Wilson, Macy Gray, Oliver Lake, Marshall Keys, Orrin Evans, Paul Dunmall, Allyn Johnson, TK Blue, Robert Shahid, Alan Blackman, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Tarus Mateen and many more. His compositions, Assume the Position are part of the original score for David Simon’sThe Wire and The Deuce. His composition, Coded Sources, was also part of the original score for David Simon’s Treme.
“For someone who came to piano rather late, at 17, has dug deep into its history. He loves the old piano professors who'd pack the punch of a dance band into two hands at the keyboard. Players like Eubie Blake, and could keep going for hours without exhausting their folkloric materials. If there's one thing Lafayette Gilchrist loves, it's feeding a groove like that, as on his new solo album The View From Here.” - Kevin Whitehead - NPR Music
Q&A session will follow the concert
Tickets: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time student with ID