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Aaron Diehl Trio

Sat. Jan. 21, 2023 at 8pm

Presented by The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Irvine Barclay Theatre

Part of the Distinctive Experiences series and the Eclectic Orange series

Aaron Diehl: piano
John Webber: bass
Aaron Kimmel: drums



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
Toots THIELEMANS (arr. Hank Jones): Bluesette
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.

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