Pianist Aaron Diehl To Receive Jazz Journalists Association Award At Atlanta Jazz Festival
Ceremony To Be Held On Stage Before His Performance On Saturday, May 25 Atlanta, GA --- “We are delighted to be part of the celebration when jazz pianist Aaron Diehl receives an award from the Jazz Journalists Association at this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “Jazz Journalists Association member, Scott Fugate, will present Diehl with the 2013 Up and Coming Musician of the Year Award. The presentation will take place at 2:50 pm on Saturday, May 25 on the Main Stage in Piedmont Park just before Diehl and his quartet go on to perform.”
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Aaron Diehl is a 2007 graduate of the Juilliard School. His 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. He 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, Loren Schoenberg, and has been featured on Marian McPartland’s NPR radio show Piano Jazz. In addition to his Mozart Jazztrio album, he recently released Live at Caramoor, from his solo performance at the prestigious festival in 2008. His latest trio CD is entitled Live at the Players. Diehl currently resides in Manhattan where he serves as pianist for St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church in Harlem.
J. Scott Fugate is the founder of the Atlanta Jazz Group, a radio broadcaster with soulandjazz.com, and a jazz promoter & videographer with Jazz Evangelist Productions.
Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is a non-profit professional organization of Jazz journalists, made up of Jazz writers, photographers, producers and broadcasters. They initiated their awards honoring Jazz music, recordings, presentation and journalism in 1997. Since that time they have presented JJA Awards at venues including Symphony Center in Chicago, the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Westchester, the Jazz Standard in Manhattan, and other places where audiences can share in appreciating the high regard they have for their award recipients. For more information about JJA visit their web site: www.jjajazzawards.org.
Sponsors for this year’s festival are PNC Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, the Georgia Lottery, Celebrity Cruises, Publix Super Markets, Bank of America, England Piano, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Federal Home Loan Bank-ATL, MARTA, Loews Atlanta Hotel and id8. Media partners include: the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, Atlanta Daybook, Candid Jazz Blast, Black Enterprise, iRock Jazz, atlantajazz.info, 1380 News & Talk WAOK, V-103, In Contact, Atlanta Inquirer, Atlanta Tribune, JS108-atlanta.com, Majic 107.5, JazzTimes, Rolling Out, WOWNOW and WRFG 89.3 FM.
The 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization whose mission is to educate and entertain a diverse audience of jazz fans and to nurture the next generation of jazz musicians. For more information visit the festival web site at www.atlantafestivals.com.