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Jahari Stampley to Perform at 2024 CYSO Gala

If you attended last November’s Orchestra Hall concert, you’ll remember that Jahari Stampley as the recipient of this year’s CYSO Alumni Award and the heartfelt speech that elicited a standing ovation from the audience. Stampley is a 2017 Jazz Orchestra alum and besides the CYSO recognition, the last six months have been big ones for him—Stampley was named the Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoan of the Year for Jazz and won the 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition, a prestigious event that attracts some of the top young jazz musicians from across the globe. The emerging star also released his debut album, Still Listening, in the fall and is currently on tour to promote it.

Jahari Stampley accepting the 2023 CYSO Alumni Award

With all this success and a very packed schedule, we are thrilled to share that Jahari Stampley will be our special guest performer at the 2024 CYSO Gala: Got That Swing! on Saturday, March 2. Stampley will perform alongside our Jazz and Symphony Orchestras we we celebrate of another famous jazz pianist—Duke Ellington, and his legacy as a boundary-pushing musician and songwriter.

Born and raised in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, Jahari Stampley began playing the piano at the age of 14. Raised in a family of musicians—his mother, D-Erania Stampley is a Grammy-nominated musician and multi-instrumentalist who runs a music school in Maywood, and his younger sister and father are both hobbyist musicians—Stampley started playing music on the drums, but became curious by the keyboard after stumbling across a video of P. Miller, a young black pianist who rearranged and covered many popular songs on Youtube. Stampley was winning awards within two years, and by the age of 18, his talent was recognized by many world-renowned musicians including Yebba Smith, Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Cory Henry, Jacob Collier, Stanley Clarke, and Derrick Hodge, among others. He has toured with Stanley Clarke and is featured on Derrick Hodge’s album Color of Noise. Stampley was also the band leader and featured pianist playing the part of Bill Wither’s keyboardist in the feature film Spinning Gold. His musicianship has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Downbeat, and more.

In a recent interview, Herbie Hancock praised Stampley’s playing, saying “I’ve had the opportunity to hear some of the best pianists in the world throughout the years. In a sense, he really challenges them… I’ve never heard anybody play quite like that … I was thinking, ‘Maybe I should study with him.’”

Dont’ miss Jahari’s performance at this year’s CYSO Gala! Tickets and info on the event are available now.

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