A World of Piano: Lafayette Gilchrist, Thursday, November 17, 7:30pm, Northampton Arts Trust


Lafayette Gilchrist, piano, Thursday, November 17, 7:30pm, Northampton Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA. Single tickets available here. Presented in collaboration with the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Lafayette Gilchrist’s music draws on the span of jazz history from stride to free improvisation, along with inspiration from hip-hop, funk, and Washington D.C.’s unique go-go sound. His work thrives on making surprising connections between styles and influences, boldly veering from piledriver funk to piquant stride, vigorous swing to hip-hop swagger, contemplative abstraction to deep-bottom grooves. Gilchrist has toured extensively with David Murray, and his compositions have graced the soundtracks of David Simon’s acclaimed series “The Wire”, “The Deuce”, and “Treme”.

“New Orleans barrelhouse piano, the Impressionism of Ravel and Duke Ellington’s jaggy solo-piano sound form the bedrock of Lafayette Gilchrist’s style at the keyboard. But if there’s one big influence on the way he thinks about rhythm, if’s the deeply swinging ‘pocket’ of a classic go-go beat.” – Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

He leads the genre-defying ensembles the New Volcanoes and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars, and along with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Eric Kennedy, he’s a member of the adventurous collective trio Inside Out. In 2017, Gilchrist was named a Local Legend by Baltimore Magazine, while Baltimore City Paper named Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes as “Best Band.” In 2018 he was chosen as a Baker Artist Award winner. Gilchrist has performed with Cassandra Wilson, Macy Gray, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Orrin Evans, Paul Dunmall, Hamid Drake, William Parker, and many more. Gilchrist’s recent albums – 2019’s Dark Matter and 2020’s Now – landed on numerous critics best of the year lists at National Public Radio, Paste Magazine and more.

“Lafayette Gilchrist has dug deep into [jazz piano] history…he’s tapping into jazz’s spiritual, historical and cultural roots. He’s an old soul at ease in the modern world.” – Kevin Whitehead, NPR’s Fresh Air