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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Chamber Music Wilmington, debut of Aaron Diehl, recent winner of the prestigious Cole Porter Prize from the American Pianists Association.

The concert is Sunday at 7:30 pm at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium.


$15 students

$25-$35 general public

$20-$25 CFJS & CMW members

Call the Kenan Auditorium Box Office at 962-3500 or order online at www.etix.com

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times as a promising discovery with a distinctive style and slow, gorgeous blues.

Mr. Diehl is joined by long time trio partners David Wong (bass) and Quincy Davis (drums) for this exciting NC performance.

The concert supports the UNCW Jazz Studies Scholarship fund.

Aaron DIEHL is the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American
Pianists Association, receiving over $100,000 in career assistance. Hailed
by the New York Times as a “revelation,” and the Chicago Tribune as “the
most promising discovery that [Wynton] Marsalis has made since Eric
Reed,” Aaron Diehl’s distinctive interpretations of the music of Scott
Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, and other masters
pays homage to the tradition while establishing his own original voice.

Mr Diehl has performed with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Jazz at
Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Benny Golson,
Hank Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Wessell Anderson, and
Loren Schoenberg. He has been featured on Marian McPartland’s NPR
radio show Piano Jazz. His international touring has included major European
jazz festivals as well as performances in South America and Asia.

In addition to his Mozart Jazz trio album, Mr Diehl has recently released
Live at Caramoor, from his solo performance at the prestigious festival in
the summer of 2008. His latest all-trio CD is titled Live at the Players, and
a brand-new trio CD, adding vibes on several tracks, is titled The Bespoke
Man’s Narrative.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mr Diehl is a 2007 graduate of the Juilliard
School, where his teachers included Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, and Oxana
Yablonskaya. His honors include Lincoln Center’s prestigious Martin E.
Segal award in 2004, winner of the 2003 Jazz Arts Group Hank Marr Jazz
Competition, and Outstanding Soloist at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2002
Essentially Ellington Competition. Immediately following graduation from
high school he toured with the Wynton Marsalis Septet.

Mr Diehl currently resides in Manhattan where he serves as pianist for
St Joseph of the Holy Family Church in Harlem.

Bassist David WONG was born and raised in New York City. He is
a graduate of the LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the
Performing Arts, where he developed his passion for music under the
tutelage of tuba master Bob Stewart. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard
School in classical music. He has studied with Orin O’Brien (New
York Philharmonic), Ron Carter, Ben Wolfe, and John Clayton. From 2003
to 2004, as part of the Eric Reed Trio, Mr. Wong performed in Switzerland,
Scotland, the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles), the Algonquin Hotel
(New York City), and with Jazz at Lincoln Center and many other venues

Mr Wong is currently a member of Roy Haynes’ “Fountain of Youth” band
which has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, as
well as bassist with the “Heath Brothers” quartet, led by jazz legends,
Jimmy and Albert “Tootie” Heath. David can also be seen performing
with the exciting new singer, Sachal Vasandani, and the amazing pianist,
Jeb Patton. He has recorded with Benny Green, Dan Nimmer, Jeb Patton,
Albert “Tootie” Heath, and is featured on a brand new release from
Sachal Vasandani, “Eyes Wide Open”. He has performed with Clark Terry,
Illinois Jacquet, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Walter Blanding,
Marcus Printup, Leroy Jenkins, David Hazeltine, Jim Rotondi, Carla Cook,
Paula West, and Mark Gould (Metropolitan Opera) to name just a few.
Percussionist Rodney GREEN grew up in Camden, NJ, surrounded by
gospel music and musicians. Green, whose father was a minister, was
playing the drums at 3 years old. He didn’t receive his first formal lesson
until 14, when he studied with drummer Scott Robinson. By then he
was already playing in church and clubs in Philadelphia. At 16, he won a
spot in the All-American Grammy Band and was playing regularly at Patti
LaBelle’s club. His first tour was at 17, in Italy with Bobby Watson, while
still in high school.

One week after graduation Mr Green was on a bus to New York, where
he quickly developed a name for himself as someone exceptionally professional
and skilled at only 17. He played with Christian McBride, Eric
Reed, Greg Osby, Joe Henderson, Benny Green, Tom Harrell, Mulgrew
Miller, and Abbey Lincoln, among others. At 19, he joined Diana Krall’s
band, where he spent the next 2 years, traveled the world and learned a
lot about the business.

Today, Mr Green is already a seasoned professional with a resume worthy
of someone a decade older. He works with leaders such as Charlie
Haden, Michael Brecker and Terence Blanchard, vocalists Peter Cincotti
and Lizz Wright, and of course Aaron Diehl. In addition he steps out as a
leader himself with the Rodney Green Quartet.


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