Roger Williams University to Host Free Concert
with Jazz Musician Aaron Diehl on April 16
Members of the public welcome to attend intimate Live at RWU performance
featuring up-and-coming pianist Aaron Diehl
Hot off the heels of his most recent release, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (2013), Diehl and his trio are set to take the stage on Wednesday, April 16, for an intimate performance that will appeal to lifelong jazz enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Part of the emerging Live at RWU series at Roger Williams University – which hosted jazz legend Freddy Cole and virtuoso saxophonist Harry Allen last November – the free, open-to-the-public concert is offered in association with the Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management.
As pianist for the award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, Diehl will perform at the Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2.
Diehl seeks to stand out as an artist who exemplifies quality authenticity and fluency in the American musical vernacular. Raised in a rich musical tradition, the Columbus, Ohio, native – whose grandfather, pianist and trombonist Arthur Baskerville, was his primary influence – began studying classical piano at age 7, only to discover his passion for jazz when he met piano prodigy Eldar Djangirov.
A 2007 graduate of the Juilliard School, Diehl was named Outstanding Soloist at the Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington competition at just 17 years old. A year later, he was touring with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and went on to be named the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellow (2011) and the Jazz Journalist Association’s Up-and-Coming Musician of the Year (2013).
The Wednesday, April 16, concert at Roger Williams takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Global Heritage Hall on the University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. The event is free and open to the public – no tickets or reservations are required, but seating is limited and guests should arrive early. Any questions can be directed to (401) 254-3154.
This event is sponsored by the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, WQRI Radio, Student Programs and Leadership, and the Inter-Residence Hall Association.