Stanley Jordan and Cyrus Chestnut

Sensoria Arts Festival

Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan appeared in concert April 19 at the Halton Arena near uptown Charlotte, NC.

Jordan’s appearance was part of Central Piedmont Community College’s Sensoria Spring Literary Festival. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut joined Jordan as an opening act and returned to the stage at the end of Jordan’s performance.

Jordan is known as a progressive artist, and he puts his own elegant, thoughtful touch to rock classics such as Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and the Beatle’s “Eleanor Rigby.” His work “Friends” received a nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album at the NAACP 2012 Image Awards.

While the show was unbelievable, the best part of night went unheard by most. Before the show, Jordan decided to loosen up at the piano and he played on the mostly empty stage, lights low, seats unfilled.

It was the most amazing music of the night.

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