20th Anniversary Gala: Jazz Pianist Aaron Diehl and the Aaron Diehl Trio
SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 at 7 pm
Rescheduled from May 2020 due to Covid-19, MRP is excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with its patrons and friends. A frequent performer on the MRP concert series from its earliest years, Jazz legend Aaron Diehl returns with his trio to celebrate with us in Forest Hills. Ticket price includes a live streaming concert from the church sanctuary on its historic Steinway grand piano. Silent auction and raffles follow. Join us for this exciting event!
7:00pm: Opening Reception – History of Musica Reginae Productions and recognition of honorees: David and Lee Ann Close, Joan Barnes, and Helen Griffin
7:30pm: Performance by Aaron Diehl and his Trio, featuring original compositions by Aaron, as well as a selection of jazz classics
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Pianist and composer Aaron Diehl mystifies listeners with his layered artistry. At once temporal and ethereal, his expression transforms the piano into an orchestral vessel in the spirit of beloved predecessors Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner and Jelly Roll Morton. 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 now focuses his attention on what it means to be present within himself. His forthcoming solo record promises an expansion of that exploration in a setting at once unbound and intimate.
Aaron conjures three-dimensional expansion of melody, counterpoint and movement through time. Rather than choose one sound or another, he invites listeners into the chambered whole of his artistry. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Aaron traveled to New York in 2003, following his success as a finalist in JALC’s Essentially Ellington competition and a subsequent European tour with Wynton Marsalis. His love affair with rub and tension prompted a years-long immersion in distinctive repertoire from Monk and Ravel to Gershwin and William Grant Still. Among other towering figures, Still in particular inspires Aaron’s ongoing curation of Black American composers in his own performance programming, unveiled this past fall at 92nd St. Y.
Aaron has enjoyed artistic associations with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Buster Williams, Branford Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Philip Glass and multi- GRAMMY award-winning artist Cecile McLorin Salvant. He recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra as featured soloist. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Juilliard. A licensed pilot, when he’s not at the studio or on the road, he’s likely in the air. Follow both his earthbound and aerial exploits via Instagram at www.instagram.com/aaronjdiehl.