Updated April 3, 2020: In response to COVID-19 shelter-in-place extensions in the Bay Area, Stanford Live is moving to cancel all remaining performances this season. This performance has been canceled—read more.
A 33-year-old classically trained pianist and composer, Aaron Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world over the last 15 years. While showing a rare affinity for early jazz and mid-20th century works, his latest evolution comes with his tackling of modern classical works, having performed George Gershwin’s piano and orchestra works with the NY Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, and Minnesota Orchestra. Diehl has collaborated with living masters ranging from jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Benny Golson to 20th century classical titan Philip Glass. He has established himself as one of the preeminent interpreters of the Great American Songbook in his working trio and as musical director and arranger for the remarkable vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. When he isn’t on tour or recording, Diehl enjoys spending time in the sky. A licensed pilot, one of his favorite planes to fly is the Beechcraft Bonanza.
In this special program in the intimate Bing Studio, Diehl’s talents take center stage in a program highlighting the nuances of ragtime, jazz, and more.