The Harvey Diamond Trio with Joe Hunt
Friday August 7 2015. Harvey Diamond, piano; Joe Hunt, drums; Jon Dreyer, bass. 6:00-8:00 (duo) and 9:00 pm-11:00 pm (trio) at Act III Restaurant (formerly Acton Jazz Cafe), 529 King St, Littleton MA 01460 Reservations recommended.
The legendary jazz pianist Harvey Diamond has graced the Boston area for decades with his music which is at once both deeply technical and deeply emotional to even the most casual listener. Sadly for us northerners, he has moved south but he has reappeared for most of August. This will his first performance in the area since he left. Harvey Diamond, a protégé of the great Lennie Tristano, has performed with Sheila Jordan, Art Farmer, Charles Neville and many others. After decades of patience by his fans, he has finally released his first CD as a leader, The Harvey Diamond Trio. He performs regularly at the Just Jazz Piano Trio Concert Series in Asheville, NC.
Speaking of legendary, drummer Joe Hunt combines complexity with relentless swing and sensitivity to what's happening around him. this is why Bill Evans invited him to join his trio, why Stan Getz invited him to join his quartet, and why almost the entire history of jazz has shared the stage with him, including George Russell, Chet Baker, Eric Dolphy, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Bob Brookmeyer, and Herb Pomeroy. It's also why Harvey invited him to this performance.
Bassist Jon Dreyer, a student of Harvey Diamond, has become one of his closest collaborators. He also performs regularly with James Merenda, both as a member of his band TickleJuice and also in more mainstream jazz settings, and has performed with most of the Boston jazz community, including Adam Janjigian, Yoko Miwa, Grace Kelly, Phil Grenadier, Joe Hunt and Steve Langone.
The dinner set, 6:00-8:00, will be a duo with Jon and Harvey (no cover charge). Joe Hunt will join the band for the late set, 9:00-11:00 ($15 cover). Come for both sets if you can! Reservations are strongly suggested.
There will be no set list and no charts. Anything can happen. Listen to what Warne Marsh called "the spontaneous creation of beauty."