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Aaron Diehl presents Jelly & George featuring Adam Birnbaum and Cécile McLorin Salvant
Jelly & George: Celebrating the Music of
Jelly Roll Morton & George Gershwin
Aaron Diehl, Piano
Adam Birnbaum, Piano
Cécile McLorin Salvant, Vocals
Paul Sikivie, Bass
Lawrence Leathers, Drums
Corey Wilcox, Trombone
Evan Christopher, Clarinet
Bruce Harris, Trumpet
Timeless classics are elevated by modern masters when Aaron Diehl and Cécile McLorin Salvant revisit and revitalize the works of jazz piano greats George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morton. Combining lesser-known works with new arrangements, Aaron and Cécile’s project celebrates the past while tracing a musical lineage that spans a century. The concert will also feature quickly emerging jazz pianist, Adam Birnbaum.
About Cécile McLorin Salvant
An award-winning, young jazz songstress, Cécile McLorin Salvant has dazzled audiences around the world with her expressive style and masterful vocal technique. Winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington D.C., Cécile has been called a “true and remarkable jazz singer…a young jazz prodigy,” by Paris Hot Club Magazine. Cécile rediscovers lost gems with a soulful expression that inhabits the songs the way an actress embodies a character. She has performed with renowned musicians such as Jean-Francois Bonnel, Rodney Whitaker, Dan Nimmer, Jacky Terrasson, Aaron Diehl and Wynton Marsalis.
“She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace,” Wynton Marsalis asserts. “She radiates authority,” critic Ben Ratliff wrote in The New York Times in response to one of her performances, and a few weeks later his colleague Stephen Holden announced that “Ms. McLorin Salvant has it all…If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this 23-year-old virtuoso.”
About Aaron Diehl
Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Diehl’s meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry.
He has served as Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center New Orleans Songbook concert series, performed in the New York premiere of Philip Glass’ complete Etudes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, collaborated with the Spanish flamenco guitarist Dani De Morón in Flamenco Meets Jazz, and toured the U.S. and Europe with Grammy nominated jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ms. Salvant and Diehl’s Trio, featuring Paul Sikivie (bass) and Lawrence Leathers (drums), have select performances at: Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles, CA), Jazz in Marciac, Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, and La Cigale in Paris.
About Adam Birnbaum
Adam Birnbaum is emerging as one of the top young voices in jazz piano. Since moving to New York from his native Boston in 2001, Birnbaum has become a top call pianist working with a variety of ensembles and artists, including Al Foster, Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Gomez, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and has appeared as a sideman on more than fifteen albums. Birnbaum has also been recognized as a bandleader and composer, having released four albums of his own, completed commissions for Chamber Music America, and unique arrangements of Debussy and Japanese folk songs for performance at the Chelsea Music Festival. Birnbaum’s recent release Three of a Mind was hailed as “an eloquent dispatch from the heart of the contemporary piano trio tradition” by the New York Times, and received a four-star review in Downbeat magazine.