Critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based guitarist, composer, and bandleader Greg Diamond creates music inspired by Latin American sounds and rhythms which he seamlessly infuses into the context of modern New York-style jazz — with modal harmonies, odd meters, and various other elements that comprise the city’s vibrant and dynamic musical tapestry. All About Jazz hails Diamond, who is of mixed Colombian and Jewish-American origin, as “a rising star in the New York jazz scene..”. Latin Jazz Network writes that Diamond is a “composer of great maturity and genius” and also featured his sophomore release “Conduit” (Dot Time) as an Editor’s Pick for “Best Albums of 2012”. Indeed, Diamond has cultivated a distinguishable sound, with his own his writing, a crack ensemble, and also for his use of the electric guitar, an instrument rarely utilized in the context of contemporary latin jazz. New York since the early 20th century has been known to the world as a cultural “melting pot” — that trend still continues today in the music scene, and Diamond’s musical journey is a testament to that.
Greg and his group have been seen performing at numerous premier New York venues such as: The Blue Note, Iridium Jazz Club, Joe’s Pub, Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, and Nublu; not to mention numerous festival presentations, among them: The Madrid International Jazz Festival, Barranquijazz Festival, Jimmy Glass Jazz Festival, Teatro Libre Jazz Festival, Jazz al Parque Festival, and the Nublu Jazz Festival. In 2007, he was a semi-finalist at The Gibson International Jazz Guitar Competition hosted by The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where he performed in front of jazz guitar legend George Benson.
Diamond has shared the stage with luminaries the likes of Seamus Blake, Henry Cole, Antonio Hart, Jon Benitez, Oscar Stagnaro, Stacy Dillard, Emilio Solla, Hector Martignon, Michael Philip Mossman, Don Friedman, Gretchen Parlato, Asha Puthli, and many others.
Henry Cole / Drums
Mauricio Herrera / Congas
John Benitez / Bass
Hector Martignon / Piano
Greg Diamond / Guitar / Arrangements & compositions
Greg Diamond Quintet at Terraza 7 on Friday July 29th , 2016 at 9:30 pm.
$10 Cover Charge for Mezzanine; FREE admission for CHILDREN 12 and under.