"Not yet 30, Diehl is already a virtuoso upon whom no major style of jazz is lost... there are no boundary lines to this young man’s potential."
- New York Daily News
In an era revolving around celebrity hype and mediocre entertainment, Columbus, Ohio native Aaron Diehl seeks to stand out as an artist in his generation to exemplify excellence, sophistication, and a fluency in the American musical vernacular. The 2011 Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Diehl has been hailed by the New York Times as "a smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of Jazz traditions." He is committed to unearthing the treasures of a musical aesthetic through collaborative efforts with musicians across generations.
Born in 1985, Diehl grew up in nurturing musical environment with his grandfather, Arthur Baskerville, who often played piano at local establishments in Columbus and sang in the church choir. Aaron began studying classically at age 7, and discovered his passion for jazz music when attending Interlochen Summer Camp. There he met piano prodigy Eldar Djangirov, who made a lasting impression on Diehl through his enthusiasm for Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum.
In 2002, Diehl was a finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition, where he was awarded "Outstanding Soloist." The following year, he was invited to tour with the Wynton Marsalis Septet on their European tour. Immediately following, he attended the Juilliard School where he studied with Kenny Barron, Oxana Yablonskaya and Eric Reed. He was awarded the Martin E. Sehgal Award in 2004.
Diehl released his first live album in 2008, a solo concert recorded at the Caramoor Festival. In 2010, "Live at the Players" featured two of his trios, featuring David Wong, Paul Sikivie (bass), Quincy Davis, and Lawrence Leathers (drums), with whom he has been working since 2005 and 2009 respectively. His latest release, "The Bespoke Man's Narrative," (Mack Avenue) is the current product of Diehl's ensemble cultivation, influenced partly by John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Diehl is the Artistic Director of the Catskill Jazz Factory, an organization dedicated to enhancing community development by means of America's original art form.