The Gilmore

Presented in collaboration with Fontana
Please note, the 9 p.m. concert will be ages 21+ only.

Jazz pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti began an illustrious career at an early age and performed to acclaim at the 2002 Gilmore Festival as a 17-year-old! Eigsti released his first album at age 14. Now a mature artist with seven albums and two Grammy nominations, Eigsti is an established presence on the jazz music scene. He will perform with his trio at Bell’s.

Eigsti appears at the Gilmore Festival with Eric Harland on drums and Harish Raghavan on bass.

Taylor Eigsti

Taylor Eigsti

New York-based pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was 4 years old, inspired by his sister Shannon, a jazz and rock pianist. His musical journey since has been filled with many exciting opportunities to grow as a musician, artist, and educator. Eigsti started bandleading at age 12, was quickly labeled a prodigy, and released four early albums as a leader before having the opportunity to sign with Concord Records, where he has since released three highly acclaimed albums. Eigsti has been recognized by critics internationally for his unique touch and rhythmic control, and his innovative improvisational storytelling.

Eigsti released “Lucky to Be Me” in 2006, which was nominated for two Grammy awards for Best Instrumental Compostion and Best Instrumental Jazz Solo.

Building on the momentum of the previous record, Eigsti was featured on the cover of both Keyboard Magazine and Jazziz Magazine, and was featured in his own BET Television special. Eigsti then released “Let it Come to You”(Concord) 2008, quickly garnering many four-star reviews from such publications as Downbeat Magazine and All Music Guide, and went to #2 in National Jazz Radio Airplay. This album also featured Eigsti’s original visual art within the packaging. Eigsti has been featured on many radio shows, including being the featured guest on the late Marian McPartland’s award-winning NPR program Piano Jazz on several occasions.

Harish Raghavan

Harish Raghavan

Bassist Harish Raghavan has performed and toured with Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Aaron Parks, Greg Osby, Billy Childs, Benny Green, Geoffry Keezer, Terrell Stafford, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Logan Richardson, Fabian Almazan, Justin Brown, Dayna Stephens, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Gilmore, and Walter Smith III, among others.

Raghavan grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago. At age eight he began studying Western and Indian percussion, and later switched to the double bass at seventeen. He studied bass with John Clayton at the University of Southern California and also with Robert Hurst. During his years in Los Angeles he recorded and played with many legendary West Coast musicians.
In 2009 he was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition.

Raghavan is a regular instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Jazz at Centrum summer program in Port Townsend, Washington. He is featured on pianist Taylor Eigsti’s 2010 Concord release, “Daylight at Midnight.”

Eric Harland

Eric Harland

Multi-Grammy nominated drummer Eric Harland is the most “in demand drummer” of his generation. He has already been on close to 200 recordings at the age of 36. Eric has been recognized in the Boston Globe, New York Times, JazzTimes, Modern Drummer, All About Jazz, The New Yorker, DownBeat, L’uomo Vogue and other prominent publications. It has been his privilege to share the stage with masters such as Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, MyCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Terence Blanchard, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover, and many others, as well as today’s up-and-coming artists like Esperanza Spalding, Jane Monheit, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, and Stacie Orrico.

His current list of performing groups are James Farm with Joshua Redman; Prism with Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks; Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain; Charles Lloyd New Quartet; Overtone with Dave Holland, Jason Moran, Chris Potter; and Voyager, Eric’s own widely recognized group. But Eric doesn’t stop there. He also manages to fit in collaborations with world renowned artists like Les Claypool’s Primus; Dispatch the band; as well as John Mayer, Spike Lee, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson from “American Idol” and others. Through Harland’s extensive travels, he has come to realize that “The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation.” When Eric Harland contributes, his intention is therefore to create the highest musical experience so that every listener may have insight into the musical moment.

  • Share your thoughts on tonight’s concert!

  • David Strauss

    Why not fully implement the cafe theme by seating the audience around small tables? Those beer mugs get heavy there’s nowhere to put them!

  • Pamster

    I’d say Taylor’s concert rated in the top 3 I saw out of 9 during the 2016 Gilmore.

  • Bill

    A wonderfully varied and interesting set (9pm show). Eigsti has all the gifts. The concert ranks at the top of this Festival, along with Richard Goode and the Debussy mini-series. Well done!

  • The trio’s uncanny musical telepathy, the full house(s), the train announcing its arrival as if to crash into everyone and everything, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe appears to have found a home with this most reputable of piano festivals. As David says below, though, small tables might be the needed finishing touch to this new fest venue. Thanks to Larry Bell.