Date(s) - 06/16/2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
Aaron Diehl is a classically trained pianist and Juilliard School graduate who, at age 17, toured with Wynton Marsalis — who has famously referred to him as “The Real Diehl.” Over the last 15 years, Diehl has become known in the jazz world for his meticulous touch and for making music that both nods to and expands on foundations laid by past jazz greats. Critics from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe have given him rave reviews on his albums and live performances. Considered a jazz virtuoso and staple on the New York jazz scene, the New York Times said he plays with “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” He was the pianist and musical director for legendary jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant on her critically-acclaimed album For One to Love, which earned a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2016.
In 2014, Diehl was named the Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist, one of the youngest artists to receive the honor. He served in 2014-2015 as Music Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s New Orleans Songbook series; performed in the 2014 New York premiere of Philip Glass’ complete Etudes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and collaborated with NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson as well as flamenco guitarist Dani De Morón in Flamenco Meets Jazz (produced by Savannah Music Festival and Flamenco Festival). He also served as the inaugural Artistic Director of the Catskill Jazz Factory in Tannersville, N.Y.