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Aaron Diehl Trio

February 13  Tuesday at 7:30 pm


Two concerts, one night

Masterful melding of classical and jazz

Aaron Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world. Now the 37-year-old classically trained pianist/composer is drawing acclaim for tackling classical works with the New York Phil, Cleveland Orchestra, and more. As this season’s Baxtresser Pianist, the Columbus native and Steinway Artist will first solo from his acclaimed “Hidden Visionaries” program of Black American composers. Then, the Aaron Diehl Trio will take the EJ stage for a jazzy second half.

Watch Aaron Diehl perform.


Hidden Visionaries, the first half of the program, will feature composers like Duke Ellington, William Grant Still, and Margaret Bonds. The second half of the program will consist of hand-picked selections for his jazz trio.
Aaron Diehl Trio


Aaron Diehl, piano
David Wong, bass
Aaron Kimmel, drums

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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