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Taylor Eigsti Biography

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Genres: Jazz

on vocals. Alan Hampton on bass; not pictured: Kendrick Scott on drums.]]

Taylor Eigsti (born September 24, 1984) is an American jazz pianist, most associated with post-bop. While he incorporates elements of funk and soul music, he in recent years has taken steps to break the genre barrier with projects like his vocal-infused "Free Agency" and his similarly influenced upcoming album, ''Daylight at Midnight''.

Eigsti began at an unusually early age and because of this was often called a child prodigy. He started studying piano at four and by age eight he opened for David Benoit. He had his first CD, not sold nationally, at 14 with Dan Brubeck on drums and at 15 joined the teaching staff at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University, where he continues to teach to this day.

At the same time he graduated from Woodside Priory School as a salutatorian in 2001. He went on to study at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. In June of 2010 he was invited back to give the Commencement Address at his high school Alma Mater.

In the years to come, Eigsti has been featured on Marian McPartland's award-winning NPR program "Piano Jazz" twice, has performed on many different television programs including several features on the BET Jazz Channel, and has recently made the cover of Jazziz magazine (November 2006)

After a few independent releases and an album called "Taylor's Dream" for DIW Japan, his national debut came in 2003 with Resonance on Bop City Records and he has followed that up with Lucky to Be Me on Concord Records in 2006. "Lucky to Be Me" features the likes of Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, James Genus, Billy Kilson, and Julian Lage, among others. Eigsti has since released Let it Come to You in 2007, which features a variety of instruments and themes. Many originals are showcased on this album, including his "Fallback Plan Suite," as well as standards like Caravan (Juan Tizol) and Deluge (Wayne Shorter).

Formerly known as a prodigy, Eigsti has transcended that label, recently nominated for two Grammy Awards - one for Best Instrumental Composition for his song "Argument" and for "Best Jazz Solo Performance" on "Freedom Jazz Dance".

Eigsti currently lives in New York City, but is most often abroad touring.