Aaron Diehl

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Pianist AARON DIEHL is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Diehl’s meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry. 
 
The 2014–15 season highlights include serving as Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center New Orleans Songbook concert series, performing in the New York premiere of Philip Glass’ complete Etudes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, collaborating with the Spanish flamenco guitarist Dani De Morón in Flamenco Meets Jazz (produced by Savannah Music Festival and Flamenco Festival), and touring the U.S. and Europe with Grammy nominated jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ms. Salvant and Diehl’s Trio, featuring Paul Sikivie (bass) and Lawrence Leathers (drums), have select performances at: Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles, CA), Jazz in Marciac (Marciac, France), Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI), North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Istanbul Jazz Festival (Istanbul, Turkey), Ronnie Scott’s (London, England), and La Cigale (Paris, France). 
 
Diehl’s latest album on Mack Avenue Records, Space, Time, Continuum, emphasizes the artistic collaborations between generations. Establishing the jazz language as a continuum uniting artists, the album includes performances by NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson (tenor saxophone) and Duke Ellington Orchestra alumnus Joe Temperley (baritone saxophone), alongside Diehl’s other established trio—Quincy Davis (drums) and David Wong (bass). The majority of the album consists of Diehl’s original compositions. The title track, featuring vocalist Charenee Wade, was co-written by Cécile McLorin Salvant. 
 
The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (2013), Diehl’s debut album, reached No.1 on the JazzWeek Jazz Chart and was hailed by JazzTimes for displaying “precision and polish,” as well as creating “honest music that invites you back in to discover new wonders with each listening” (KCRW). Live at the Players (2010) featured both of his trios: Quincy Davis and David Wong, and Paul Sikivie and Lawrence Leathers. His first solo album, Live at Caramoor (2008), was a concert recorded at the Caramoor Festival.
 
Diehl’s recent collaborations with internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles include: Warren Wolf, Lew Tabackin, Matt Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis and his Septet, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. As the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist, Diehl became one of the youngest artists to receive this honor and composed Three Streams of Expression, dedicated to pianist and composer John Lewis. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Associations Award for Up-And-Coming Artist, the 2012 Prix du Jazz Classique recipient for his album Live at the Players from the Académie du Jazz, and is the winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. In an effort to nurture the development of young jazz artists and the community, Diehl was the inaugural Artistic Director of the Catskill Jazz Factory. 
 
Aaron Diehl is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, and Oxana Yablonskaya. Residing in Harlem, he enjoys spending time in the sky when he isn’t on tour or recording. As a licensed pilot, one of his favorite planes to fly is the Beechcraft Bonanza.
 
 
"There are only 503 bottles of this scotch. But each one comes with an original piece of jazz music."
 
"Aaron Diehl’s jazz concert delivers an outstanding jazz repertoire; at Berklee presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston."
 
Music review: Philip Glass, 'The Complete Piano Etudes'February 5, 2017, The Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Glass, Namekawa and fellow pianists Aaron Diehl, Timo Andres and Lisa Kaplan — the latter a member of eighth blackbird, UR’s resident new-music sextet — made efficient, at times virtuosic, work of the first 10 etudes, with Andres riding the propulsive energy of No. 9 and Namekawa bringing out the songful quality of No. 7."
 
Rising Star Jazzes Up the Philharmonic September 18, 2016, Wall Street Journal
"This week the jazz pianist and rising star Aaron Diehl is set to make his New York Philharmonic debut in a prominent slot: opening night."
 
Aaron Diehl’s Space Time Continuum — February 22, 2016, The Huffington Post 
"So it should be no surprise that at age thirty, Diehl is coming into his own as a composer and player. His most recent release Space and Time Continuum is a case in point. The album features eight songs, all but two of them Diehl compositions. Each a study in Diehl’s approach to be inclusive of the canon while at the same time transcending it. It is a thoroughly enjoyable album from an artist that continues to surprise."

 
 

 

 
 
 
Label | Mack Avenue
 
Management | Guess Works
Andre Kimo Stone Guess & Cheryl Peterson Guess
+1 212-863-9824
 
Press | DL Media
Maureen McFadden, maureen[a]dlmedia.com    
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Discography | Aaron Diehl on AllMusic.com
 
 

 

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