Drummer Joe Farnsworth’s All Star Trio ft. Bassist Buster Williams & Pianist Cyrus Chestnut

Fri, Sep 24, 2021
Sat, Sep 25, 2021

Drummer Joe Farnsworth’s All Star Trio ft. Bassist Buster Williams & Pianist Cyrus Chestnut

with Cyrus Chestnut

One of the most highly regarded jazz drummers on the scene today, Joe is known for his blazing speed, precision, musical, and melodic playing.

Born in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1968, Joe grew up in a musical family; his father was a music educator and he has four older brothers, two of whom became professional musicians.

He studied with Alan Dawson and Arthur Taylor prior to attending and graduating from William Patterson College in New Jersey in 1994 where he began playing with saxophonist, Eric Alexander and guitarist, Peter Bernstein.

Upon moving to New York City, he led the weekend jazz combos at Augie’s (now Smoke Jazz & Supper Club). He performed with Junior Cook, Cecil Payne, John Ore, Big John Patton, Harold Mabern, Eddie Henderson, John Jenkins and his brothers, John and James.

Joseph’s career includes recording over 100 CD’s as leader and side-man, jazz festivals and world tours with Pharaoh Sanders, Horace Silver, Harold Mabern, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Diana Krall, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Lou Donaldson, Benny Green, Barry Harris, Curtis Fuller to name a few.

He is currently a member of the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet, Harold Mabern Trio, and is a founding member of the renowned One for All Quintet.

Recordings as leader include: Drumspeak, Beautiful Friendship feat. Cedar Walton and Curtis Fuller, Prime Time, Super Prime Time and Make Someone Happy

Cyrus Chestnut

Pianist, Composer, Band Leader, Educator

“A wildly imaginative improviser whose solos are
free-associative delights, full of dark and swinging riffs,
rumbling low notes, and splatters of upper register tickles.”

– New York Times

"Chestnut showed what pervasive spontaneity and deep swing rhythm are all about. Chestnut made spirits soar"

– Chicago Tribune

Show times 8PM & 10PM ~ Friday & Saturday night

*** Effective Monday August 16th, in compliance with the City of Philadelphia’s option for COVID-19 restrictions, Chris' Jazz Cafe has made the decision to require ALL patrons to provide proof of full vaccination, with a corresponding Photo ID.

Without proof of full vaccination you will NOT be permitted to enter the premises. This step is being taken out of an abundance of caution and will be required for all shows. We hope to do our part to keep our community safe while we continue to enjoy the very best of local, national & international jazz. ***

DINNER & SHOW AVAILABLE (Max of 4 tickets per order, limited seating) $70 per person (FRIDAY) and $75 per person (SATURDAY) includes 3 course dinner & show. Beverages, tip & tax not included. Arrival times for 8pm show are 7pm & 7:30, Arrival times for 10pm show are 9:30 & 9:45. All tickets are Premium Seating!

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Watch the online show here: Joe Farnsworth



One of the most highly regarded jazz drummers on the scene today, Joe is known for his blazing speed, precision, musical, and melodic playing.

Born in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1968, Joe grew up in a musical family; his father was a music educator and he has four older brothers, two of whom became professional musicians.

He studied with Alan Dawson and Arthur Taylor prior to attending and graduating from William Patterson College in New Jersey in 1994 where he began playing with saxophonist, Eric Alexander and guitarist, Peter Bernstein.

Upon moving to New York City, he led the weekend jazz combos at Augie’s (now Smoke Jazz & Supper Club). He performed with Junior Cook, Cecil Payne, John Ore, Big John Patton, Harold Mabern, Eddie Henderson, John Jenkins and his brothers, John and James.

Joseph’s career includes recording over 100 CD’s as leader and side-man, jazz festivals and world tours with Pharaoh Sanders, Horace Silver, Harold Mabern, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Diana Krall, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Lou Donaldson, Benny Green, Barry Harris, Curtis Fuller to name a few.

He is currently a member of the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet, Harold Mabern Trio, and is a founding member of the renowned One for All Quintet.

Recordings as leader include: Drumspeak, Beautiful Friendship feat. Cedar Walton and Curtis Fuller, Prime Time, Super Prime Time and Make Someone Happy

Cyrus Chestnut