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Cyrus Chestnut‘s latest album is the excellent Cyrus Plays Elvis—which, as I noted when I reviewed it, is not so subversive as its title makes it out to be, since Elvis Presley was, like Chestnut, raised on gospel-music traditions.
It’s that gospel devotion, rather than the new CD, that Chestnut is exploring at the Kennedy Center tomorrow night. The program is called “Sanctified Swing,” part of the Kennedy Center’s Art Tatum Piano Panorama jazz series. Chestnut, however, won’t be playing piano, but Hammond B-3 organ as he demonstrates how he’s fused the music of the church with the rhythms of jazz.
Tomorrow night’s first show at 7:30 is sold out, but tickets ($30 anywhere in the house) are still available for the 9:30 program by calling the Kennedy Center Box Office, (202) 467-4600, or visiting their website.