Cyrus Chestnut is set to perform at Hampton University  April 5, 2013.

Cyrus Chestnut is set to perform at Hampton University April 5, 2013. (Courtesy Virginia Arts Festival / Virginia Arts Festival)

Cyrus Chestnut, the Baltimore-born jazz pianist, is bringing his hard-swinging, gospel-influenced style to Hampton University tonight.

He's a dynamic player and one with local ties. Chestnut contributed to at least three albums by local jazz drummer Jae Sinnett: 1992's "Blue Jae," 1994's "House and Sinnett," and 1996's "Listen."

He's been recording under his own name at least since 1992 and released a string of discs on the Atlantic label through the 1990s.

He performs 8 p.m. at Hampton University's Ogden Hall. Tickets are $25, $25 for students.

To find out more, head over to Hampton University's Musical Arts Society website.