Join us for a Pre 40th Anniversary Celebration of Rev. Dwight!
Join us when First Congregational Church welcomes back jazz master Cyrus Chestnut for special solo concert on Sunday, October 14th. No stranger to First Church, Cyrus performed during the early development of the First Church Jazz Ministry.
Cyrus is a composer, pianist and educator Cyrus Chestnut is a musical force that utilizes his classical, Gospel and jazz influences to entertain and capture his audiences. Born in 1963, Chestnut started his musical career at the age of three, playing piano at the Mount Calvary Star Baptist Church at the age of five in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. In the fall of 1981, Cyrus began jazz education in Boston, MA at the Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging.
Cyrus honed his craft performing with such legendary and leading musicians as Jon Hendricks, Michael Carvin, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Regina Cater, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Joe Williams, Isaac Hayes, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter and, Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few.Â Â As Cyrus was absorbing experiences as a sideman, he was also developing as a leader, recording and playing live around the world.Â
In the fall of 2014, Cyrus was appointed professor of Jazz Piano and Improvisation at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, offering lectures to the next generation of musical artists. Devoted to education and community engagement, Chestnutâ€™s new appointment builds upon his career as one of jazzâ€™s most celebrated performers.
You don't want to miss the opportunity to hear this solo performance byÂ Jazz Master Cyrus Chestnut!
Parking is Free in the First Church parking lot at 105 Courtland St., NE. Atlanta, GA 30303