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Taylor Eigsti

Pianist/composer Taylor Eigsti is a precocious and prodigious jazz talent based in Menlo Park, CA. His style is enthusiastic, straightforward, and swinging, with elements of stride, bop, soul, and funk. He began piano lessons at the age of four, opened for David Benoit when he was eight, performed with Dave Brubeck at 13, and recorded his first CD at 14, with Dan Brubeck on drums. Eigsti's musical parents were supportive of his career, but also made sure he had a normal childhood, including pursuing his love of basketball despite the risk to his hands. Attracted early on to the spontaneity of jazz, Eigsti's first taste of Art Tatum inspired him to explore the worlds of Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Monty Alexander, Phineas Newborn, and Benny Green, among others, while ongoing classical studies helped forge his formidable technique.

After studying at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for several years, he joined their teaching staff at age 15. A year later, Red Holloway, who'd heard Eigsti perform in San Jose, invited him to be his band's special guest on the prestigious SS Norway jazz cruise; two years later, he headlined on the cruise with his own trio. Eigsti has opened for Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, and Hank Jones; in 2001, he performed at three "Rising Star" concerts at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Graduating as salutatorian of his high-school class, Eigsti went on to jazz studies at USC. In September of 2002 Eigsti's well-oiled trio, including bassist John Shifflett and drummer Jason Lewis, made its first appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. A recorded debut of sorts, Taylor's Dream, appeared on the Japanese label DIW in 2001. Eigsti's June 2003 national CD debut, Resonance, on Bop City, demonstrated both his achievements and sky's-the-limit potential as a first-rate player and composer. Moving to the Concord label, Eigsti released Lucky to Be Me in 2006 and Let It Come to You in 2008. ~ Judith Schlesinger, Rovi
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Love it!!
When will we see another release from this artist. Don't you know we want more - we like it and want more, more, more!
Gotta love the local Bay Area guy with the soul patch! Young, handsome and enormously talented - how do these guys get so good so young? And I agree with jaylewisdrum s - the bio is great, but why is there never any info on the other musicians on the album? At lease their names?
Saw him for the first time when he was just 17 at the Ravenswood Winery's party. He was playing piano ...duh, for the Brubeck bros. Chris said to me, this guy's gonna be a monster! I replied he already is! I asked Taylor if he knew what a lucky MF he was. He just smiled a lil sheepishly but also with a look in his eye that kinda said yep! So glad he's so successful! Keep it up Tay!
Heard him live at the Mendocino Music Festival in 2011, with Becca Stevens, vocalist, as a duo. Marvelous player!
jaylewisdrum s
would be really nice to know who the other musicians are -- great stuff
jeffery1810
Great NEW Stuff to my ears ~ He really has a keen sense of flow & hesitation.. . t u r n it up. (his guitar player is not shabby either)
chemistry_la n e
I have had the pleasure of seeing him several times when he was 12-14. That was about 15 years ago and still so fresh in my memory. Outstanding talent and extraordinar y person.
What a piano player!!! Technique and soul!
Gives me chills! ( ^ _ ^ ) His piano playing takes me to a wonderful place inside of my head.
This guy has serious piano chops! His albums are smoking!

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