Born: March 18 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
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....
Awards:NEA Jazz Fellowship
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 (SSJ Records, 2013)
Diane Hubka I Like It Here / Live In Tokyo (SSJ Records, 2009)
Diane Hubka Goes to the Movies (18th & Vine, 2007)
Diane Hubka You Inspire Me (VSOJAZ, 2001)
Diane Hubka Look No Further (A-Records, 1999)
Diane Hubka Haven't We Met? (A-Records, 1997)
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