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I was born in Harlem, New York. 136 Street and Amsterdam Avenue. I was baptized at Church of the Annunciation, 88Convent Avenue, New York, NY My mother was of Cuban Irish decent, a housewife; my Puerto Rican father was a machinist, played congas and guitar in the Navy Big Band. Drawn to music and art from an early age, it was said, that by age four, I would hear a song once and be able to recite the lyrics and melody. I attended High School of Art and Design at the age of 12 and majored in photography. Though photography was my first impulse towards self expression, I later focused my energy on vocals as a form of communication. At the age of 17 I moved to Los Angeles where I worked within the Art and Design world and began my fascination and long romance with jazz. I worked for Cannon films and was being exposed to the Art Director's taste in music


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Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018

Read "Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

You'll happen my way on some mem'rable day And the month will be May for a while... I was never fortunate enough to have met Rebecca Parris in person; but, I was fortunate enough to live in and be a part of the musical universe that surrounded her. That universe was created ...


It's Happenin'

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: Will You Still Be There; Blame It On My Youth; Corcovado; In The Wee Small Hours; Farmers Market; Detour Ahead; Milestones; Nature Boy; Perdido.



Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: 01. Unblocking (R. Diaz); 02. Ocean Legacy((R. Diaz); 03. bad Milk (J. Rasmussen); 04. Demasiado (R. Diaz); 05. Dioses de papel (R. Diaz); 06. Danzarina (R. Diaz); 07. Suite Canaria (tradizionale); 08. Bombo clart (R. Diaz).


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Ramon Diaz: Unblocking

Read "Unblocking" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È questo un quintetto dalle dinamiche consolidate, già messe felicemente in atto nel suo primo CD Dialeg per la Fresh Sound. Il suo codice di stilistico di riferimento è l’hard-bop degli anni ’50, debitamente riattualizzato ed arricchito dalla sensibilità mediterranea. Una formula riproposta con nerbo e convinzione in questo suo più recente CD, che presenta tutti ...


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Perez: It's Happenin'

Read "It's Happenin'" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Jazz vocalist Perez (first name Diana) offers a sampling on her third album, It's Happenin' . The instrumental portion of this album is really topflight jazz, but vocally the first half is pleasant at best, finding some inspiration about halfway through the session. Perez is a child of Cuban Irish and Puerto Rican heritage ...


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Diana Perez: It's Happenin'

Read "It's Happenin'" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Harlem-born vocalist Diana Perez offers her talents as a storyteller with this, her third CD, a collection of well-chosen standards and jazz classics that show off fine vocal abilities. Backing her up is David Hazeltine (piano), Steve Davis (trombone), Ron Horton (trumpet), Jed Levy (tenor sax, flute), Nat Reeves (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums), Hazeltine also ...


Sunday Sketches

Label: Timeless Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Sunday In New York; Do I Dare?; Useless Landscape; Something Cool; Pretty World; Colors; Black Orpheus, If I Knew Then; My Foolish Heart.


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Diana Perez: Sunday Sketches

Read "Sunday Sketches" reviewed by Elliott Simon

In an era with an overabundance of female vocalists who keep the band in the background, trading more on image than voice, Diana Perez is a refreshing change, keeping her voice honest and involving her band as an integral part of the music. In the quintet of Bill Gerhardt (piano), Masa Kamaguchi (bass), Tony Moreno (drums), ...


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