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Aaron diehl

Aaron Diehl

Pianist

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "The most promising discovery that [Wynton] Marsalis has made since Eric Reed." Aaron Diehl's distinctive interpretations of the music of Scott Joplin, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, and other masters pay homage to the tradition while establishing his own original voice.

Mr. Diehl has performed with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hank Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Wessell Anderson, Benny Golson, Loren Schoenberg, and has been featured on Marian McPartland's NPR radio show "Piano Jazz. " His international touring includes major European jazz festivals as well as performances in South America and Asia. "Mozart Jazz," his first CD as a leader, was released in 2006 on the Pony Canyon label (Japan). Recent performances include theCaramoor Festival and the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Diehl is a 2007 graduate of the Juilliard School where his teachers included Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, and Oxana Yablonskaya. His honors include Lincoln Center's prestigious Martin E. Segal award in 2004, winner of the 2003 Jazz Arts Group Hank Marr Jazz Competition, and Outstanding Soloist at Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2002 Essentially Ellington Competition. Immediately following graduation from high school he toured with the Wynton Marsalis Septet.

Mr. Diehl currently resides in Manhattan where he serves as music director of St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church in Harlem. His website is: www.aarondiehl.com.

Music by Aaron Diehl

The bespoke mans narrative

The Bespoke Man's Narrative

In fashion circles, the adjective "bespoke" denotes custom-made suits and shirts and signifies the person who designs and constructs them. On The Bespoke Man's Narrative, his brilliant Mack Avenue Records debut, pianist Aaron Diehl extrapolates this notion to matters of musical invention.

"The idea for the metaphor was that the composition and concept were specifically for these musicians," Diehl says, referring to his working quartet of 30-ish all-stars—vibraphonist (and Mack Avenue artist) Warren Wolf, bassist David Wong and drummer Rodney Green—that interprets the five originals and five arrangements comprising the program. "There's a sequence, an arc, a beginning, middle and end. Each piece has something to do with my musical development." Buy now »

Live at the players

Live At The Players

Review by Loren Schoenberg

Engaged. That’s how I felt during every minute of the set of music you will encounter in this major statement by a young artist and master of musical legerdemain whose motto is “I am an unapologetic perfectionist."

And he is. Aaron had many laudable qualities when he entered Juilliard’s nascent jazz program in 2003, but the predominant one was his seriousness about the task at hand: mastering jazz. Already an accomplished classical pianist, he was mentored by Wynton Marsalis (even making a short tour with the master’s band just before starting at Juilliard), and excelled not only in his music courses, but in academics as well, garnering Lincoln Center's prestigious Martin E. Segal award in 2004. Buy now »

Live at caramoor

Live At Caramoor

Neatly tailored piano trio arrangements recorded from a live concert. Buy now »