Eldar Djangirov back in Rochester Tuesday

08:19 AM, Feb 08, 2014

Eldar Djangirov will return to Rochester as part of a concert series by Jazz 90.1, part of the station's 40th anniversary. (Photo provided by RIJF)/


Written By Jack Garner

One of my favorite of contemporary pianists, Eldar Djangirov, is returning to Rochester this week as part of celebrations honoring the 40th anniversary of jazz radio at WGMC, Jazz90.1.

He’s playing with his trio at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greece Athena Performing Arts Center at Greece Athena High School, 800 Long Pond Road. Tickets are $25.

Though only 27, Djangirov is a seasoned veteran. A former child prodigy, he was the youngest guest ever on Marian McPartland’s NPR show, Piano Jazz, and has released 10 albums over the last 13 years. In 2013, he released both a superb jazz trio disc and a classical album of Brahms, Bach and Prokofiev, within months of each other.

A native of Kyrgyzstan, he grew up in Kansas City and San Diego, and eventually settled in New York. On his earlier albums and appearances, he billed himself solely as Eldar. Recently, however, he rightly realizes his fans appreciate him enough to learn and use his Russian last name, Djangirov.

A pianist of amazing speed and fluidity and feeling, Djangirov has performed at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, at an Exodus to Jazz program and at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, where his performance of “Rhapsody in Blue” at Hatch Hall remains one of my favorite festival memories.