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With Cyrus Chestnut, Every Show Is An Original

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In a conversation about improvisation, American jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut says he looks inside himself for something new every time he performs. It's a standard set by an early mentor, jazz singer Betty Carter, who demanded originality from herself and her players. Chestnut now divides his time between recording (nearly an album a year), touring, and teaching at Howard University. On Saturday, Dec 8 at the Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU, Fontana will present Cyrus Chestnut and his quartet in a concert that touches on classical music, gospel, pop, rock, and particularly, music from A Charlie Brown Christmas. 

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Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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