Jazz

Chestnut Trio brings swing with soul to South Florida Saturday

 
 
The Cyrus Chestnut Trio: Drummer Evan Sherman, bassist Eric Wheeler and pianist Cyrus Chestnut.
The Cyrus Chestnut Trio: Drummer Evan Sherman, bassist Eric Wheeler and pianist Cyrus Chestnut.
P.Ignatious Murphy

Special to the Miami Herald

The African-American spiritual has been a presence in jazz throughout its history, from the direct connection at its beginnings to major works such as John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme or Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts.

The music of pianist Cyrus Chestnut, appearing with his trio and guest guitarist Russell Malone at Nova Southeastern University’s Miniaci Performing Arts Center on Saturday night, is never far from it.

The son of a church organist and a church choir director, Chestnut grew up immersed in sacred sounds. In an interview for JazzTimes, he said accompanying church singers was a formative experience. “You had to listen. It wasn’t about you; it was about what you could contribute to the whole.”

He has worked with exceptional artists including Wynton Marsalis and Betty Carter, can swing hard, is an elegant improviser and — as evident in recordings such as Spirit, Genuine Chestnut (with Malone on several tracks) and Blessed Quietness — he can definitely summon the spirit. Swing with soul seems perfect for the season.

South Florida Jazz presents the Cyrus Chestnut Trio with guitarist Russell Malone: 8 p.m. Saturday; NSU Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Davie; $40, students $15; southfloridajazz.org, 954-462-0222.

Read more Music & Nightlife stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category