Maryland Piano Masters: Daryl Davis & Lafayette Gilchrist

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Maryland Piano Masters: Daryl Davis & Lafayette Gilchrist

FRI SEP 27 | 8PM
$22, $19 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)

We are breaking out both of the pianos for a night of ivory tickling mastery with boogie woogie great Daryl Davis and jazz-funk visionary Lafayette Gilchrist.

About Daryl Davis:

A child of a Foreign Service officer, boogie woogie pianist Daryl Davis bounced around the globe, eventually coming to the region to earn a degree in music from Howard University. An avid fan of piano styles invented far before he was born, his piano chops came naturally, but the training to learn the musical nuance was not easy. Davis sought out his musical heroes whenever and wherever he could.  “I learned a lot from listening to recordings,” he says, “but I learned many hands-on things from visiting and making friends.” In 1985, 72-year-old Pinetop Perkins, considered one of the greatest blues and boogie pianists, selected 27-year-old Davis to succeed him in the Muddy-Waters-influenced “Legendary Blues Band.”  Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Berry’s great original pianist, has been equally unstinting in praising Davis’ mastery of the boogie- woogie style.  Even Chuck Berry saluted Davis with his best recommendation: “You really ought to hear him!”


About Lafayette Gilchrist

Lafayette Gilchrist is a D.C.-born, Baltimore-based self-taught pianist/composer whose playing rings with the influences that span nearly a century of African American vernacular music – from stride piano to funk, go-go and hip hop.

While attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore City, he taught himself piano in the practice rooms at the University. He has gone on to play alongside such luminaries as David Murray and apprenticed with the Maryland Traditions Program under saxophonist Carl Grubbs, a student of John Coltrane’s. He has been a master participant in this program as well.

Gilchrist is a polymath of jazz performance, and a solo set often connects music separated by decades through a process of free association. Echoes of Baltimore’s own Eubie Blake or Thelonious Monk can butt right up to notes from Motown and the go-go of his D.C. upbringing with unquestionable ease. Perhaps because he started playing when he was nearly an adult, his style, at once heady and fun, fluid and funky, is a lilting dance across the keyboard that taps into jazz’s vast cultural history.

FRI SEP 27 | 8PM | $22, $19 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)

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