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Aaron Diehl

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

Album

Whisper of a Shadow

Label: Life Celebration Project
Released: 2021
Track listing: Le Poète Mourant; Mascarade; Lisette; Cold Facts; The Promise of Dawn; Bamboula Dreams Part 1; Bamboula Dreams Part 2; Lez African E La; Life Circle Part 1; The Passage; Life Circle Part 2; Le Poete Mourant poem (Bonus track).

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News: Recording

A New Jazz Opera From Kabir Sehgal And Marie Incontrera, 'Angela's Ring,' Explores The European Debt Crisis

A New Jazz Opera From Kabir Sehgal And Marie Incontrera, 'Angela's Ring,' Explores The European Debt Crisis

The mere thought of a jazz opera based on the European debt crisis might be enough to send potential listeners running for the exits, but Angela's Ring, a new work co-composed by bassist Kabir Sehgal and pianist Marie Incontrera, is an entertaining and enlightening view of recent history perfectly set to a unique hybrid genre. Uniting ...

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Article: Year in Review

Peter J. Hoetjes' Best Releases of 2020

Read "Peter J. Hoetjes' Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


It's been an unusual year for the music industry within any genre. The first few months of 2020 were fairly typical, followed by months of uncertainty prompted by fear and misinformation. As the year closes however, jazz musicians are hopefully able to glimpse the sun rising on the distant horizon. If 2019 was a ...

Album

The Vagabond

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Polaris; Lamia; Magnanimous Disguise; Park Slope; The Vagabond; Kaleidoscope; Treasures Past; Prokofiev March; A Story Often Told, Seldom Heard; Milano.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hard Bop Still Cookin’ - Terell Stafford, The Cookers, Aaron Diehl, Chano Dominguez, Poncho Sanchez

Read "Hard Bop Still Cookin’ - Terell Stafford, The Cookers, Aaron Diehl, Chano Dominguez, Poncho Sanchez" reviewed by Russell Perry


Since the 1950s, there have consistently been players who found in Hard Bop a comfortable place to return to, even as the focus of the music ebbed and flowed. Perhaps, this is because so many heroes of modern jazz created the music that defined the genre, players like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

Read "Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift" reviewed by Russell Perry


In 1987, the first Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition was held. Among the winners were Marcus Roberts and Joey DeFrancesco. On a roughly annual basis, the competition is held, now focussing on a different instrument each year and renamed in 2019 the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition. The competitions in 2010 ...

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News: Music Industry

Dominick Farinacci Debuts Songbook Watch Party: A Live Online Streaming Show to Showcase Jazz Artists and Musical Collaborations

Dominick Farinacci Debuts Songbook Watch Party: A Live Online Streaming Show to Showcase Jazz Artists and Musical Collaborations

Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Dominick Farinacci debuts Songbook Watch Party, an interactive online music experience boasting newly filmed collaborations with musical artists from around the world. Beginning May 3, 2020 Songbook Watch Party will simulcast every Sunday night at 7PM EST on multiple streaming platforms such as ZOOM, Facebook and YouTube. “The goal of Songbook Watch Party,” ...

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Article: Album Review

Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond

Read "The Vagabond" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Cardinally invested, engaged and resolute on making the classical hop and the swing vice versa, pianist Aaron Diehl, double bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Gregory Hutchinson take a deep dive into the many accords and asymmetries shared by Philip Glass and George Gershwin and come up victorious. Flush with tradition and vision, pianist Diehl's ...

News: Video / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Christian Sands & "Remembering Erroll Garner"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Christian Sands & "Remembering Erroll Garner"

It's been a good winter for St. Louis fans of jazz piano. We've got three top-shelf pianists performing here in as many weeks, starting last night with Matthew Shipp at the 560 Music Center; continuing next week with Aaron Diehl at the same venue; and then Christian Sands, who will be performing a program titled “Remembering ...


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