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The Library of Congress calls him “Brilliant. Edgy. Inventive.” I’ve called him his own man, an abstraction-pushing postbopper who is “willing to set aside chops for the sake of a strong composition.” He is New York–based jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and he’s playing a free show at the Library of Congress this Friday.

Here are the details…

Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
Coolidge Auditorium

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Reserved seats are available through Ticketmaster, but the announcement says that you can just show up a little early and you’ll still get in.

6:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Larry Appelbaum, Music Division/Host of the WPFW radio’s Sound of Surprise, interviews the artists.