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There’s no millstone like the phrase “former child prodigy.” Taylor Eigsti, though, refuses to let it weigh him down. The pianist, who began playing professionally at age 8 and teaching at Stanford Jazz Workshop at 15, has been developing, relentlessly and conspicuously, ever since. By the time he released his third album in 2006, Eigsti was a mature and accomplished musician—the talk of the jazz world and a two-time Grammy nominee. He’s still got the greased-keyboard technique that got him attention to begin with, but Eigsti, now 23, has gained a sensitivity that’s usually reserved for jazz piano’s elder statesmen. Though his new CD, Let It Come to You, features head-spinning takes on the work of Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Eigsti’s become a sharp-skilled composer himself, showcasing a smooth-jazz-infused trilogy entitled “The Fallback Plan Suite.” Seems like his Plan A is working out pretty well. The Taylor Eigsti Trio performs at 8 and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25. (202) 337-4141.