Critically acclaimed guitarist, composer and bandleader Greg Diamond creates music inspired by Latin American sounds and rhythms which he seamlessly infuses into the vernacular of modern jazz — with modal harmonies, odd meters, and various other elements that comprise the vibrant soundscape of New York, his ville natale. All About Jazz hails Diamond as “a rising star in the New York jazz scene" while Latin Jazz Network touts Diamond as a “composer of great maturity and genius” featuring his sophomore release Conduit [Dot Time 2012] as an editor’s pick for Best Albums of 2012. Indeed, Diamond has cultivated a distinguishable sound with his own his innovative compositions and captivating performances. Since 2008 Diamond has released three albums as leader and will release his first solo acoustic project Musings & Origins (Chasm) in the fall of 2019.
Diamond 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, such as The Madrid International Jazz Festival, Barranquijazz Festival, Jimmy Glass Jazz Festival, Teatro Libre Jazz Festival, Medejazz 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 before jazz guitar legend George Benson.
Diamond has shared the stage with luminaries the likes of Seamus Blake, Steve Turre, Hector Martignon, John Benitez, Henry Cole, Oscar Stagnaro, Stacy Dillard, Emilio Solla, The Curtis Bros, Corcoran Holt, Samuel Torres, Antonio Hart, Michael Philip Mossman, Don Friedman, Gretchen Parlato, Asha Puthli and many others.
Diamond is currently a DMA candidate at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
Sample Song List
Blackbird - Paul McCartney
Let It Be - The Beatles
Imagine - John Lennon
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Hey Jude - The Beatles
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwoʻole