AARON DIEHL TRIO Performs at Columbia University School of the Arts' Jazz Series Tonight
Tonight, November 23, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street)
Tickets: $20-$30 • Students with valid ID: $12-$18
From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey:
"Aaron Diehl is no stranger to Miller, having performed here last season with Wycliffe Gordon. I'm so excited to welcome him back to the stage as a bandleader - it's a wonderful opportunity for our audience to see not only what Diehl has been working on for the past year, but also what the next generation of jazz musicians has in store for New York."
Since 1990, Miller Theatre has put a spotlight on unique voices in modern jazz. In a city so heavily steeped in jazz music, Miller Theatre continues to shift attention uptown and distinguish itself not only with a sharp focus on great jazz artists but with an artfully curated and diverse season series.
Pianist Aaron Diehl headlines his first show at Miller with original interpretations of the masters of jazz and ragtime. Meticulous in his technique and playful in his improvisations, Diehl moves easily between hard-swinging jazz and moments of elegant restraint. Having previously appeared at Miller with Wycliffe Gordon, and with a tour with the legendary Wynton Marsalis already under his belt, the young, Juilliard-trained pianist displays "striking subtleties of touch and a foothold in the music's bedrock traditions," according toThe New York Times.
Aaron Diehl, piano
David Wong, bass
Rodney Green, drums
Hailed by The New York Times as a "revelation," and the Chicago Tribune as "the most promising discovery that [Wynton] Marsalis has made since Eric Reed," Aaron Diehl is the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association. His 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 an original voice.
Mr. Diehl has performed with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Wessell Anderson, Loren Schoenberg, and has been featured on Marian McPartland's NPR radio show Piano Jazz. His international touring has included major European jazz festivals as well as performances in South America and Asia. In addition to the Mozart Jazz Trio album, he has recently released Live at Caramoor, from his solo performance at the prestigious festival in the summer of 2008. His latest trio CD is entitled Live at the Player.
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, winning 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 pianist for St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church in Harlem.