Aaron Diehl Trio [-] LIVE AT THE PLAYERS – [Aaron Diehl Trio, 2011]
Engaged. That’s how I felt during every minute of the set of music you will encounter in this major statement by a young artist and master of musical legerdemain whose motto is “I am an unapologetic perfectionist.”
And he is. Aaron had many laudable qualities when he entered Juilliard’s nascent jazz program in 2003, but the predominant one was his seriousness about the task at hand: mastering jazz. Already an accomplished classical pianist, he was mentored by Wynton Marsalis (even making a short tour with the master’s band just before starting at Juilliard), and excelled not only in his music courses, but in academics as well, garnering Lincoln Center’s prestigious Martin E. Segal award in 2004.
Basic facts: Richard and Estelle Diehl’s son Aaron was born on September 22, 1985 in Columbus, Ohio. Inspired early on by his grandfather, who played trombone and piano, Aaron studied with a variety of teachers, including Mark Flugge, Bobby Floyd, and Paula Radzynski. Meeting Eldar Djangirov in 1998 at an Interlochen summer camp session was a significant moment and helped steer Aaron, who was there as a classical pianist, towards jazz.
Another major influence was Todd Stoll, a band director with a passion for jazz and the leader of a local jazz orchestra. The band went to New York in 2002 as a finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition, and it was then that Aaron met Wynton Marsalis, who called him shortly thereafter for the aforementioned tour. During his Juilliard years, Aaron studied with Oxana Yablonskaya and Eric Reed, in addition to time spent with Marcus Roberts and Hank Jones. Since graduating from Juilliard in 2007, Aaron has maintained a busy schedule of work (including recent trips to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Europe), teaching, and playing at St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church in Harlem.
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