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Diane Hubka

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: March 18    

Diane Hubka

”Diane Hubka makes her way into a select group of jazz vocalists/instrumentalists, where she rightly assumes a place of honor.” (ALL ABOUT JAZZ) Whether singing with a group or accompanying herself on seven-string guitar, she gets straight to the heart of a song, playfully improvising over what New York's VILLAGE VOICE calls “as eclectically entertaining a collection of material as one could wish for.”

Diane's newest CD will be released on Oct 2! West Coast Strings (SSJ Records) features the singer with a far ranging program of music with eight West Coast master guitarists, plus soul-jazz veteran, Bobby Pierce guesting on Hammond B- 3. Hubka also plays guitar on three tracks. Don Heckman writes in the liner notes, “On this captivating new album, Diane has assembled a West Coast jazz guitar summit, with each of the all-star groupings providing the perfect setting for her soaring vocals.”...
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Awards

NEA Jazz Fellowship
Christopher Loudon, JAZZTIMES ”She wraps her clear-as-mountain-stream sound around “The Look of Love,” “Close Enough for Love,” and “Wild is the Wind” with consistently winning results.”

Michael G. Nastos, ALL MUSIC GUIDE ”A picture perfect vocalist if there ever was one.”

Ed Benson, JUST JAZZ GUITAR ”If your toes aren't tapping here you've got a problem...”

Shohei Chujo, Japan's SWING JOURNAL ”5 out of 5 Stars: Arguably the biggest discovery since Gambarini.”

Masamichi Okazaki, Japan's SWING JOURNAL ”4 1/2 out of 5 Stars: Hubka is also a good guitarist, and we get to hear her accompany herself in Luiz Bonfa’s “Manha de Carnaval.””

Joe Lang, JERSEY JAZZ ”It is always a pleasure to listen to a singer who combines a pleasing voice with intelligent lyric interpretation and the kind of musicianship and musicality that Diane Hubka possesses. “ full review

SWING JOURNAL MAGAZINE, JAPAN ”I Like It Here/Live in Tokyo: Placed among the best vocal albums on the 2008 Jazz Disc Award”

Dan Singer, Singer's Singers, In Tune International ”She reminds me here of Jackie Cain and Marlene Ver Planck. That's praise indeed. “

George Harris, ALL ABOUT JAZZ, Los Angeles ”Hubka has created an entirely new songbook all her own ... with a voice as cool and calm as the Mediterranean Sea.”

  • Diane Hubka: West Coast Strings
    Self Produced
    2014
  • I Like It Here: Diane Hubka Live in Tokyo
    SSJ Records
    2009
  • I Like It Here/Live in Tokyo
    SSJ Records
    2009
  • Diane Hubka Goes to the Movies
    18th & Vine
    2008
  • You Inspire Me
    VSOJAZ Records
    2002
  • Look No Further
    Naxos
    2000

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Diane Hubka plays: 7-string archtop guitar hand-carved by luthier Victor Baker Raezer's Edge Speaker Cabinets Acme Low B-1 Speaker Cabinet Clarus 2R Amplifier by Acoustic Image Polytone Mega Brute

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Extended Analysis

Diane Hubka: West Coast Strings

CD/LP/Track Review

I Like It Here/Live in Tokyo by Ken Dryden

I Like It Here: Diane Hubka Live in Tokyo by C. Michael Bailey

Diane Hubka Goes to the Movies by C. Michael Bailey

You Inspire Me by Roger Crane

You Inspire Me by Dave Nathan

Look No Further by C. Michael Bailey

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Featured recording “West Coast Strings”

West Coast Strings
SSJ Records (2013)
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