Aaron Diehl

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 meticulous performances, collaborations, and compositions make him a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries.

As the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist, Diehl became one of the youngest artists to receive this honor. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Associations Award for Up-And-Coming Artist, the 2012 Académie du Jazz Prix du Jazz Classique for his album Live at the Players, and is the winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.

The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (2013), Diehl’s first album on Mack Avenue Records, reached No.1 on the JazzWeek Jazz Chart and was hailed by JazzTimes for displaying “precision and polish.” Diehl’s recent collaborators include Warren Wolf, Lew Tabackin, Matt Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis and his Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.Recent highlights of Diehl’s whirlwind career include a stint as music director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s New Orleans Songbook Concert Series; a performance of Philip Glass’ complete Etudes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; a collaboration with the Spanish flamenco guitarist Dani De Morón in Flamenco Meets Jazz, and tours of the US and Europe with Grammy-nominated vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.


Aaron Diehl – piano

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