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Aaron Diehl and Cecile McLorin Salvant at King Arts Complex

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by Andrew Patton on September 8, 2015

Rising jazz piano star and Columbus native Aaron Diehl will return home this weekend for two great shows in the historic Pythian Theater at the King Arts Complex: Saturday, September 12th, at 7pm (tickets available here) and Sunday, September 13th, at 4pm (tickets here). These concerts, which will place Diehl in a duo formation with regular collaborator and Grammy-nominated vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, will present a program delving into the history of Columbus jazz, especially the neighborhood now known as the King-Lincoln District, as well as the rich musical partnership between the pair. These shows have been made possible by a grant received from the PNC Arts Alive program, which will also provide for a week-long local outreach tour by the duo, including presentations at local schools and a performance in Circleville. This local residency is part of the King Arts Complex’s mission of jazz education, and will expose new audiences to this pairing of powerful forces in modern jazz. For One To Love, Salvant’s brand new album released on September 4th, finds the French-American singer putting her own distinctive stamp on vintage tunes of varying renown, with passionate support from Diehl on piano. Diehl’s new release, June’s Space, Time, Continuum, builds on his previous releases with an expanded palette of sounds, focusing on the importance of learning from older generations of jazz, like featured guests tenor saxophonist Benny Golson and baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley. Keep reading for more details, including a YouTube playlist compiled by King Arts staff that will inform you about Diehl and Salvant:

The King Arts Complex presents:

Aaron Diehl & Cecile McLorin Salvant
performing at the historic Pythian Theater

As part of The Jazz Expansion Project focusing on the history of Columbus Jazz

Show time: September 12th at 7pm & September 13th at 4pm
Ticket price: Member: $25, General Admission: $35

Presented by PNC Arts Alive with support from the National Performance Network as a part of “The Jazz Expansion Project,” this two night show will feature Aaron Diehl & Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Parts of the performance will pay homage to the Near East side of Columbus now known as the King-Lincoln District, an area that has been called “The Cradle of Jazz.”

“We are so excited to have Columbus’ own rising star Aaron Diehl return with Cecile Salvant, bringing their combined unique expression to our stage! We are looking forward to fantastic performances.” – Jevon Collins, Program Director

Get your tickets now!

September 12th, 7pm: https://aarondiehl-cecilemclorinsalvant-912.eventbrite.com
September 13th, 4pm: https://aarondiehl-cecilemclorinsalvant-913.eventbrite.com

Columbus born pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos. His 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.

Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. Born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States.

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