Born: March 23, 1977
New York native Greg Diamond first began his formal musical studies at La Fundación Cristancho in Bogotà, Colombia. He later completed his Undergraduate and Master's degree in Jazz Performance at The Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College in New York.
Brooklyn guitarist Greg Diamond has been an emerging force in recent years and is now situated at the forefront of a new generation of contem- porary latin jazz artists in New York City. Endowed with technical prowess and, above all, an impassioned distinguishable sound characterized by his mixed Latin American origins, Diamond puts forth an attractive and inno- vative concept of latin fusion in a modern jazz context. Greg and his steady band have been seen performing at venues such as: The Blue Note, Iridium Jazz Club, Joe’s Pub, Smalls Jazz Club, Nublu, and Zinc Bar; not to mention numerous festival presentations, among them: The Madrid International Jazz Festival, Barranquijazz Festival, Jimmy Glass Jazz Festival, Jazz al Par- que 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. Both Diamond’s debut “Dançando Com Ale” (Chasm 2008) as well as his second release “Conduit” (Dot Time 2012) have garnered him praise among critics world-wide:...
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Edward Blanco – allaboutjazz.com
“...look for great things down the road from this pioneering world- jazz maestro...”
Jan P. Dennis –audiophileaudition.com
“Diamond shows, once again, that he is a composer of great maturity and genius”
Raul Da Gama –Latin Jazz Network
...As he finds his individualism and personal voice, expect some grand music from this promising performer...
Michael G. Nastos –Rovi
“...Here’s a guitarist that you’ve gotta hear...”
George W. Harris – jazzweekly.com
“...Diamond’s music is energetic and transcendental, a subjective vision of the artist realized in masterful form, where melody, harmony, and rhythm converge in a unique coalition that transmits with eloquence and great expressive force...”
José Antonio García López -tomajazz.com
“...one of the most exciting guitarists that I have heard in years...”
Johan Van Deeg –Dutch Jazz Times ￼￼￼ “...The guitarist’s style is a smorgasboard of approaches both compositional and aural, each as rejuvenating as the last...”
Sharon Mizrahi – New York City Jazz Record
“...consistently assertive, delicate, experimental, and intelligent...
Chip Boaz –Latin Jazz Corner
...virtuosic performances from Diamond and his crew...
Primary InstrumentGuitar, electric
Clinic/Workshop InformationCurrently an active Clinician for The Jazz Project, run by the Colden Center for the Performing Arts.