Firehouse 12 To Present The Taylor Eigsti Trio October 30th

September 30, 2009
Photo by Devin DeHaven

Photo by Devin DeHaven

On Friday, October 30th, Grammy® nominated pianist/composer Taylor Eigsti will make his Firehouse 12 debut as part of the New Haven venue’s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series. One of the most acclaimed young musicians on the scene today, the 24 year-old has already notched an astonishing 16 years of professional experience. This two-set performance is part of a short tour featuring his new trio with bassist Joshua Crumbly and drummer Aaron McClendon. The group is on the road working out material for its debut CD to be released early next year.

“Everyone who hears him seems to agree: Taylor Eigsti is the most exciting progressive-mainstream pianist to come along in a very long time,” writes’s Chris May. Critics have noted his “intelligence, emotional depth, technical assurance and buoyant swing” (Robert Doerschuk, DownBeat), calling him “the real thing” (Kevin R. Convey, Boston Herald) and “an artist who has discovered his singular viewpoint and powerfully takes command” (Thomas R. Erdmann,’s Jonathan Widran adds, “There comes a time in every former prodigy’s life when he/she has to be judged by their output as an adult. Eigsti’s just keeps getting more compelling and inspiring.”

Eigsti has been performing with jazz greats ever since he opened for his mentor, David Benoit, when he was eight years old. At 12, he was sharing the stage with Diane Schuur and opening for Diana Krall and Al Jarreau. His long list of accumulated honors, including multiple Grammy® nominations, magazine cover stories and appearances on NPR’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, defy his young age while also demonstrating the respect his abilities have earned from his peers. His sixth and latest release as a leader, Let It Come To You (Concord Records), was released last year and he has since toured with such notable collaborators as Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Julian Lage, Gretchen Parlato and Nicholas Payton. Learn more at

2009 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: Darius Jones Trio
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

Tickets and more information available at: