Please note, the 9 p.m. concert will be ages 21+ only.
The Aaron Diehl Trio launches our new Thursday jazz concerts at Bell’s Eccentric Café. “Diehl has built his reputation on an elegant pianism outside the contemporary mainstream,” according to The New York Times, who described the artist’s new album as “jubilant and swinging.”
Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Diehl’s meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry.
The 2014–15 season highlights include serving as Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center New Orleans Songbook concert series, performing in the New York premiere of Philip Glass’ complete Etudes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, collaborating with the Spanish flamenco guitarist Dani De Morón in Flamenco Meets Jazz (produced by Savannah Music Festival and Flamenco Festival), and touring the U.S. and Europe with Grammy nominated jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ms. Salvant and Diehl’s Trio, featuring Paul Sikivie (bass) and Lawrence Leathers (drums), have select performances at: Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles, CA), Jazz in Marciac (Marciac, France), Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI), North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Istanbul Jazz Festival (Istanbul, Turkey), Ronnie Scott’s (London, England), and La Cigale (Paris, France).
Diehl’s next album on Mack Avenue Records, Space, Time, Continuum, emphasizes the artistic collaborations between generations. Establishing the jazz language as a continuum uniting artists, the album includes performances by NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson (tenor saxophone) and Duke Ellington Orchestra alumnus Joe Temperley (baritone saxophone), alongside Diehl’s other established trio—Quincy Davis (drums) and David Wong (bass). The majority of the album consists of Diehl’s original compositions. The title track, featuring vocalist Charenee Wade, was co-written by Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Paul Sikivie moved to New York City in 2007 from Florida, seeking training from the masters of America’s musical art, jazz. His search took him through the classroom and onto stages across the city and world. Paul has enjoyed and benefitted from playing with some great musicians: Matt Wilson, Ted Nash, Johnny O’Neal, Frank Kimbrough, Benny Green, Wycliffe Gordon, Chico Hamilton, Wes Anderson, Aaron Diehl, Marc Devine and a host of others. He received a M.M. from Juilliard in 2009, having completed his B.M at the University of North Florida in 2006.
Lawrence Leathers, a Lansing native and current New Yorker, has found that his life revolves around drumming. “You have to have this feeling that it’s your life,” he says. He believes drumming is his greatest gift; he began at the age of 7. Leathers grew up playing Gospel in his hometown and eventually pursued an education in jazz drumming at Juilliard. After relying on friends for a place to live in New York, Leathers decided to devote time to helping other young people who want to pursue jazz.
He now plays regularly with Aaron Diehl and Paul Sikivie. He also regularly hosts jam sessions at Smalls Jazz Club and Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club in New York.