Cyrus Plays Elvis Presley in the 2016-2017 Hot Jazz Series

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut, "The best jazz pianist of his generation" according to Time Magazine, will perform exceptional interpretations of Elvis Presley's greatest hits in Israel on March 27th - April 1st.

Chestnut's idea to connect between Elvis and Jazz is based on the Blues, Country and Gospel influences that are evident in Elvis's music. Presley's greatest hits receive exceptional interpretations by Chestnut who is known by his Jazz, Gospel and Bop styled improvisation skills - ones which he acquired throughout the years in which he played in church as a child. He believes that Jazz is a religious musical genre.

His sound is rich, full of emotion, is confident, and in many ways classical but still in the range of "classical" Jazz. He is an original and exciting example of refinement. Beyond his wonderful technical skills, the impression that he leaves through his rhythms and musical ideas are unforgettable, both on paper and during improvisation.

Following his Jazz Composition and Arranging degree studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston he began performing with jazz artists such as Jon Hendricks, trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, saxophonist Donald Harrison and jazz legends Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and vocalists Vanessa Williams and Bette Midler, among many others.

Up until today Chestnut recorded 17 solo albums and many more as a guest pianist.
Among the hits he will perform in the shows: "Can't Help Falling in Love", "Love Me Tender", "It's Now or Never".

Cyrus Plays Elvis Presley
This is the sixth show in the 2016-2017 "Hot Jazz" series.

Performing in the show:
Cyrus Chestnut
Piano (USA)
Yorai Oron Bass (Israel)
Eitan Itzcovich Drums (Israel)

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Berale Music Club, Kibbutz Lehavot Haviva, 19:30 (show starts at 21:30)
Tickets at: 04-6369993

Monday, March 27, 2017, 21:00
Jerusalem Theater
Tickets at: 02-5605755

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Zappa Herzliya, 20:15 (show starts at 22:00)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Einan Theater, Modiin, Azrieli Mall, 21:00
Tickets at: 08-9737333

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 21:00
Friday, March 31, 2017, 21:30
Recanati Auditorium, Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Tickets at: 03-5733001.

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 21:00
Abba Hushi Center for Culture and Society, Haifa.
Tickets at: 04-8227850

A special children's show as a part of the "Hot Jazz for Children" series: "Cyrus Plays Elvis Presley" hosted by Israeli Opera soprano singer Daniella Lugassy will be held on Saturday, April 1 2017, 11:00, at Recanati Auditorium, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tickets: 03-5733001, line 1. Suitable for ages 4-10.

Photo Credit: John Abbott.

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