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The Aaron Diehl Interview – director’s cut

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In November, DownBeat published a condensed version of my conversation with the brilliant young pianist Aaron Diehl, who some of you may know best as the accompanist and musical director for singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. A pianist of extraordinary refinement like, say, Ahmad Jamal, he can also swings as hard as Oscar Peterson, who was also an influence.

Aaron and I talked music for nearly three hours in his Harlem living room, as he sat at his Steinway grand illustrating his remarks with musical examples. DownBeat.com has just published an extended version of this Q&A, along with a sidebar about his exploits as a private pilot.  Enjoy, then check out his playing on his recent album Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue) and on Cecile’s recent album For One To Love (Mack Avenue).

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My Profile of Cecile McLorin Salvant

cecile-mclorin-salvant-downbeat-1After only one U.S. album release, she swept the 2014 DownBeat Critics Poll, winning not only Best Female Vocalist and Rising Star Female Vocalist, but, more unexpectedly, Jazz Album of the Year and Rising Star Jazz Artist. In person, she is whip-smart, a little shy, mature beyond her 24 years, and surprisingly modest about her gifts.  I loved writing this interview, which you can read here.

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Just wrapped a profile of Cecile McLorin Salvant…

Cecile @JALC… for a future issue of DownBeat. Get a taste here: http://ow.ly/xcBH3

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Jazz@Lincoln Center’s 2014 Gala, Reviewed

Cecile at JALC GalaAt the Jazz@Lincoln Ctr Gala, Cecile McLorin Salvant & 10-yr-old Joey Alexander from Bali were among the amazing. My review in DownBeat:

http://bit.ly/1nZRhLL

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