AARON DIEHL – The Bespoke Man’s Narrative Album Release Event at Jazz Standard Wednesday, April 3

AARON DIEHL – The Bespoke Man’s Narrative
Album Release Event at Jazz Standard
Wednesday, April 3

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Aaron Diehl, piano

Warren Wolf, vibraphone

David Wong, bass

Rodney Green, drums

 

Sets at 7:30PM & 9:30PM

 

Jazz Standard

116 E. 27th St., NYC

Phone: 212-576-2232

Web: JazzStandard.net

 

 

 “A smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of jazz traditions…”

– The New York Times

 

“Aaron Diehl, a rising star of jazz piano, has an individual talent so huge

that one day he may extend the jazz tradition.” – New York Daily News

 

 

Stream Tracks From The Bespoke Man’s Narrative

 

Pianist Aaron Diehl is scheduled to perform at the Jazz Standard in New York on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30PM and 9:30PM. The performance will be in support of his upcoming Mack Avenue Records debut, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, set for a March 19 release. Diehl will be joined by his quartet which features vibraphonist Warren Wolf, bassist David Wong, and drummer Rodney Green.

 

The project gestated in April of 2011 in Indianapolis after Diehl, 26, earned first place in the rigorous Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz Competition of the American Pianists Association. The award garnered him $50,000 in career support and an opportunity to record with Mack Avenue Records. “I thought it would be wise to use the opportunity to document this ensemble,” Diehl states. “I decided to compose and arrange music in line with our own sound and conception, while using the strategies of bandleaders like John Lewis and Duke Ellington, who developed their music in line with the abilities of their personnel.”

 

This quartet initially took shape in 2008 – then with drummer Quincy Davis – when Diehl was asked to play a concert of Lewis’ music. By an April 2010 performance of this repertoire at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rodney Green had assumed the drum chair. 

 

Diehl is singularly positioned within his generation to apply these lessons to a contemporary context. An alumnus of Todd Stoll’s Columbus (Ohio) Youth Jazz Orchestra, which specializes in performing a broad timeline of Ellington’s music, he spent the last six months of his sophomore year at Juilliard – he was 19 at the time – helping pianist John Lewis’ widow, Mirjana, to organize her late husband’s archive of manuscripts, scores, reel-to-reel tapes and recordings. Already intimate with the stride piano canon from his teens, Diehl applied the quality time with Lewis’ Bach-to-blues oeuvre towards finding a conceptual space in which to coalesce his varied interests.

 

For all his collective orientation, Diehl commands attention at the piano. Addressing a Fazioli F-228 grand piano, he showcases a nuanced touch, a comfort zone with tempos ranging from rubato to brisk, encyclopedic harmonic knowledge, an abiding sense of blues expression and a will – when necessary – to swing. He’s assimilated vocabulary across the timeline, finding fresh, idiomatic ways to mix-and-match ideas drawn from a diverse cohort including, among others, Lewis, Ellington, Ahmad Jamal, Marcus Roberts and Kenny Kirkland. As he puts it, “My overall goal is trying to figure out how to connect all the language to make an interesting and engaging performance, and also develop my own voice. Why limit yourself to just playing something here and something there? It’s all gold.”

 

Aaron Diehl's
Aaron Diehl’s “The Bespoke Man’s Narrative” (EPK)

 

 
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