In preparation for the debut of our new duo project, Lucas and I have been chasing freedom from fear. Here is an except from our recent exploration. Hunter Diamond (ts), Lucas Gillan (d).

 

A new recording of my composition "Split or Steal" arranged for the student sextet at DePaul. Ben Phillips(tpt), Chris Shuttleworth(tb), Hunter Diamond (ts), Jim Holman(pno), Ben Dillinger(b), Jeremy Cunningham(d).

 

Here's a beautiful composition by Artie Black, co-leader of the Black Diamond Quartet, performed at Uncommon Ground in Chicago, IL on August 12th, 2014. Artie Black (ts, second solo), Hunter Diamond (ts, first solo), Christian Dillingham (b), Gustavo Cortiñas (d).

Walt Weiskopf's "Day In, Night Out," based on Joe Henderson's changes to Cole Porter's "Night and Day." Performed by Dana's Jazz Workshop (10-piece) at Joe and Wayne Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL on November 18th, 2014. Soloists: Chris Shuttleworth (tb), Michael Plankey (ts), Brent Griffin Jr. (as), Hunter Diamond (ts). Rhythm Section: Scott Williams (p), Liam Coussins (b), Jeremy Cunningham (d).

On Friday November 13, I revisited I.V. Labs studio with a student group from DePaul University and recorded some really cool new music. This composition was written by Ben Phillips and was inspired by and named for the neighborhood he stayed in while living Amsterdam. Ben Phillips (tpt), Chris Shuttleworth (tb), Hunter Diamond (ts), Jim Holman (p), Ben Dillinger (b), Jeremy Cunningham (d).


On November 7th, 2014, The Black Diamond Quartet played a wonderfully intimate concert at Transistor in Chicago, IL. They have live music every week and are a great source for new vinyl/new audio. Visit the Transistor website to hear the full recording.


The Black Diamond Quartet played twice during the opening month at Chicago's newest venue for jazz and comedy, The High Hat Club. Here's an impromptu version of Johnny Green's "Out of Nowhere" from October 21, 2014. Hunter - intro, melody, second solo. Artie - first solo, outro. Christian Dillingham (b), Andre Beasley (d).

From my first gig at Andy's Jazz Club in Downtown Chicago, IL in June of 2014 with The Isaiah Spencer Quartet. Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge." Dennis Luxion (p), Michael Lough (b), Isaiah Spencer (d).

During the summer of 2014 I was invited by David Baker to attend the prestigious Steans Institute, a private jazz workshop held at the beautiful Ravinia music park in Highland Park, IL. While there, myself and fourteen other wonderful musicians played, composed, and studied with David Baker, Nathan Davis, Curtis Fuller, and Rufus Reid. "Beyond the Horizon" is a beautiful piece composed by Brazilian pianist Diego Lyra. Hunter Diamond (ts), Andy Clausen (tb), Diego Lyra (p), Bobby Scharmann (b), Josh Roberts (d). Performed in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia on June 20, 2014,