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Our second summer Jazz Concert will take place in Kaslik, in the ATCL:

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 at 20:30 . . . . All are welcome
Tell the security at the gate you are coming to the Jeunesses Musicales concert
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The concert will be in the “Gazon Area” where there is a bar
where you can buy drinks, sandwiches and pop-corn.
For more details, please call Ms Sandra El-Khoury on 09-932020 ext 528
Click Here to read about the Artists.

Cyrus Chestnut
Born in 1963, Chestnut started his musical career at the age of three, playing piano at the Mount Calvary Star Baptist Church at the age of five in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. In the fall of 1981, Cyrus began jazz education in Boston, MA at the Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging.
After Berklee, Cyrus began further honing his craft as a sideman with some of the legendary and leading musicians in the business. Some of these great people include; Jon Hendricks, Michael Carvin, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Regina Cater, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Joe Williams, Isaac Hayes, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter and, Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few. Even the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, asked him to join her on one of her Christmas Concerts in 2013. His association with Betty Carter, which began in 1991 significantly affected his outlook and approach to music, confirming his already iconoclastic instincts. Carter advised him to “take chances” and play things I’ve never heard,” Chestnut says.
As Cyrus was absorbing experiences as a sideman, he was also developing as a leader, recording and playing live around the world. There’s a Brighter Day Coming was his first self-released album, followed by The Nutman Speaks (1992), The Nutman Speaks Again (1992), Another Direction (1993). The records received the prestigious Gold Disk award from Japan’s leading jazz publication, Swing Journal. In the fall of 2014, Cyrus was appointed professor of Jazz Piano and Improvisation at Howard University in Washington, DC.  In 2015, he was added to the Yamaha Artist Roster.
In November 2015 Cyrus got together with two of his elders, Buster Williams on bass and Lenny White on drums and recorded a beautiful collection of classic trio material. The Trio will be performing at the Jazz Standard in New York City late May in conjunction with the release of ‘Natural Essence’ and will then be on an extended European tour starting at the Istanbul Jazz Festival on July 18 and finishing at Ronnie Scott’s Club London on the 16th of August.

Buster Williams
One of jazz's most valuable sidemen, Buster Williams has flourished through many periods of changing fashions in jazz. He played and recorded throughout the 60s with legends such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Herbie Mann and became renowned for his solid, dark tone and highly refined technique on the acoustic bass. In 1980, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his contribution to the album "Love For Sale"/The Great Jazz Trio, with Hank Jones and Tony Williams. By 1990, Buster had formed his own quintet ‘Something More’, a group which went on to complete numerous tours of Europe including the first International Jazz Festival in Moscow; a tour of Japan and Australia; and countless engagements throughout the U.S
Lenny White
Self-taught Lenny White started his career on top, playing regularly with Jackie McLean (1968) and recording "Bitches Brew" with Miles Davis in 1969. White was soon working with some of the who's who of jazz including Freddie Hubbard and Chick Corea. As a member of Return To Forever during 1973-76, White gained a strong reputation as one of the top fusion drummers, but he was always versatile enough to play in many settings. He has recorded eleven albums as a leader, and more recently has been taking part in performance panels at Harvard and Columbia discussing the new directions of jazz and hip-hop and the effects they have on our culture.
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