Saturday, February 22
Aaron Diehl (solo piano)
Hailed by the New York Times as a “Revelation”, Columbus, Ohio native and Juilliard graduate Aaron Diehl arrived onto the New York scene playing with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and has not looked back since. Winner of the prestigious Cole Porter Fellowship Competition in 2011 by the American Pianists Association, Diehl locked up a recording deal with Mack Avenue Records and promptly recorded on 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.