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Aaron Diehl

February 13  Tuesday at 7:30 pm

EJ THOMAS HALL

Masterful melding
of classical and jazz

Margaret Baxtresser Annual Piano Concert

Aaron Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world. Now the 38-year-old classically trained pianist/composer is drawing acclaim for tackling classical works with the New York Phil, Cleveland Orchestra, and more. The Columbus native and Steinway Artist is this season’s Margaret Baxtresser Pianist.

Watch Aaron Diehl perform.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Aaron Diehl, piano

At age 17, Aaron Diehl was a finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition, where he was noticed by Wynton Marsalis. Soon after, Diehl was invited to tour Europe with the Wynton Marsalis Septet (Marsalis has famously referred to him as “The Real Diehl.”) Following three critically-acclaimed leader albums on Mack Avenue Records — and live appearances at historic venues from Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Village Vanguard to New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonie de Paris — the American Pianist Association’s 2011 Cole Porter fellow’s most recent release is The Vagabond. Rather than choose one sound or another, one genre or another — one identity or another — Aaron Diehl invites listeners into the chambered whole of his artistry.  When Aaron is not at the studio or on the road, he’s likely in the air. A licensed pilot, Aaron holds commercial single- and multi-engine certificates.

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