Lafayette Gilchrist is a bright, young piano star based in Baltimore. Born in Washington, DC, Gilchrist taught himself piano and has been plying his own brand of Jazz-inspired music for over ten years. He is certainly knowledgeable and mindful of the Jazz tradition, but as Gilchrist says, “I see myself as a child of the Hip Hop nation
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...the heir to Thelonious Monk.”
-- Entertainment Weekly
“Imagine pianist Billy Preston in the FBI witness protection program; he hides out in the Washington, D.C., go-go scene and then the jazz underground; he invents an unlikely pseudonym to go with his new style: a sort of twisted, funky, neo-juke-joint avant-gut-bucket.
-- Detroit Metro Times
“...it's Gilchrist’s cussed willingness to continually put a Baltimore-centric stamp on jazz that has made him the city's most respected pianist.”
-- Baltimore City Paper