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ELDAR

Tue, Dec 3 -
Wed, Dec 4, 2013

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$22.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Grammy Nominated pianist Eldar Djangirov, touring in support of his new release, Breakthrough. Band members are Todd Strait (drums) and Dave Captein (bass). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors at 5:30pm.

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The New York Times described the New York based pianist Eldar Djangirov as “a blend of musical intelligence, organization savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual… an ebullient impressionist.” Dr. Billy Taylor said, “Eldar Djangirov’s playing shows brilliancy, complexity, and discipline…he’s aerious about his music, he’s thoughtful about what he does.” Jazz Times said, “Maybe he made a pact with Lucifer to be the greatest pianist ever.” Praised as a “genius beyond most young people I’ve ever heard” by Dave Brubeck. Downbeat magazine stated that “his command of his instrument is beyond staggering.”

Eldar has released two projects simultaneously in 2013; his album Breakthrough is a dynamic trio outing featuring longtime band mates Armondo Gola and Lugwig Afonso. The album displays Eldar’s singular sonic imprint on an infectious array of standards and originals, with guest appearances by jazz greats Joe Locke and Chris Potter. His second release, Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev is a classical solo piano album that showcases his unique interpretations of renowned pieces like Bach’s Partita in C minor, Brahms’ Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76, and Prokofiev’s Sonata #7, Op. 83.

When Eldar Djangirov (pronounced john-‘gear-ov) was signed to Sony Masterworks at the age of 17, the young pianist already well known forhis prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Along the way, he’s had the good fortune to meet and work with the masters including Dr. Billy Taylor, Michael Brecker, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Johsua Redman, Chris Potter, Pat Martino, Roy Hargrove and many others. Through these opportunities and other wonderful musical experiences, Eldar continues to explore new frontiers through composing and performing, enabling him ultimately to realize his own musical vision.

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