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Aaron Diehl Trio: Bach to Bebop

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  • Mirrors
  • BACH: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846

  • Miles DAVIS: Deception

  • BACH: Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 847

  • John Birks “Dizzy” GILLESPIE: Bebop

  • Aaron DIEHL: Detour to Zanesville

  • BACH: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 860

  • Aaron DIEHL: The Vagabond

  • BACH: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 861

  • BACH: Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 850

  • Armando “Chick” COREA: Tones for Joan’s Bones

  • BACH: Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 851

  • Earl “Bud” POWELL: Tempus Fugue-It

A classically-trained pianist and composer, Mr. Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world over the last 15 years. He has collaborated with living masters ranging from jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Benny Golson to 20th-century classical titan Philip Glass. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Diehl was named the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow by the American Pianists Association. In 2014 he became the youngest ever Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist, and he has released two critically acclaimed albums on the Mack Avenue Records label. Mr. Diehl appeared at the 2016 Gilmore Festival.

With Mirrors, the pianist and his partners explore the affinities of the counterpoint in Bach’s music with bebop vocabulary, interspersing solo selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier with Diehl’s own music—along with works by jazz greats like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Bud Powell, and Chick Corea—in corresponding keys.

Diehl gracefully melds two worlds, merging the improvisational spirit of jazz with the compositional intricacies of Western classical music.



Part of the Eclectic Orange Series
sponsored by the Jelinek Family Trust