Beyond Category: Eldar Djangirov Trio

December 26, 2012 02:38 PM
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The most celebrated jazz prodigy of his generation, pianist Eldar Djangirov is now 25 years old and coming into his own as a mature composer and performer. Born behind the Iron Curtain in Kyrgyzstan, (where his father learned to love jazz listening to VOA broadcasts), Eldar was recognized as a jazz phenomenon before he was a teenager. Eldar performs with his trio at Washington's Blues Alley jazz club, and talks with Eric about the jazz journey that took him from Kyrgyzstan to Kansas City, to New York and, now, around the world.