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Aaron Diehl

Aaron Diehl

A 33-year-old classically trained pianist and composer, Aaron Diehl has made an indelible markon thejazz world over the last 15 years. While showing a rareaffinity for early jazz and mid-20thcentury “third-stream” music, his latest evolution comes as he begins to tackle modern classicalworks, havingperformed George Gershwin’s piano and orchestra works with the NYPhilharmonic, ClevelandOrchestra, LA Philharmonic, and Minnesota Orchestra.Diehl has collaborated with living masters ranging from jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and BennyGolsonto 20th century classical titan Philip Glass. He has established himself as one of thepreeminentinterpreters of theGreat American Songbook in his working trio and as musicaldirector and arranger forthe remarkable vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.The New York Times jazz critics have have extolled Mr.Diehl’s “melodic precision, harmonicerudition, and elegant restraint,” while the same paper’s classicalcritics have noted, “Mr. Diehlplay[s] magnificently.”A graduate of Juilliard, Diehl was named the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow by American PianistsAssociation,in 2014 became the youngest ever Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist andhas released twocritically acclaimed albums on the Mack Avenue Records label. He was theMusic Director for Jazz atLincoln Center’s 2014-2015 New Orleans Songbook series and in2017 participated in Jazz in July’s “TheArt of Tatum,” honoring one of his primary piano idols,Art Tatum.When he isn’t on tour or recording, Diehl enjoys spending time in the sky. A licensed pilot, oneof hisfavorite planes to fly is the Beechcraft Bonanza.

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