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17 January 1963, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Chestnut is a gifted and deeply religious young pianist with a style equally rooted in the jazz and gospel idioms. Chestnuts grandfather was a musical churchman, and his musical legacy was passed down to his son, who in turn taught Cyrus to play piano at the age of five. When Chestnut was nine he attended the Peabody Preparatory Institute, before moving on to the Berklee College Of Music. While at Berklee he was the recipient of the Eubie Blake Fellowship, the Oscar Peterson Scholarship and the Quincy Jones Scholarship, and graduated with a degree in jazz composition and arranging. Chestnut played with several notable jazz figures, including Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Wynton Marsalis and Betty Carter before he released his solo debut in 1992, working with fellow young musicians, bass player Christian McBride and drummer Carl Allen. Chestnut signed to Atlantic Records in 1994, and has released...