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Diane Hubka at the Los Angeles Westin Hotel

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Even smooth roads and clear days ahead can take a detour towards Diane Hubka. She does some interesting arrangements of the standards and even does some music from a Disney animation film, “The Aristocats” called “Everybody Digs a Swingin’ Cat”. Truer words were never spoken!

Of course it’s like magic when Theo Saunders takes over. He delivers with a strong melodic presence and is an outstanding talent. He was also featured on “Jazz in the Modern Era” the following week after I made my second appearance on the show. However, tonight he is swingin’ with us here at the LAX Westin and we can feel it!

Chris Connor and Tim Pleasant round out the trio with Chris thumping strong and Tim with the wonderfully light subtleties that ever singer desires. Diane also sang “Dolphin Dance” a tune written by the one and only Herbie Hancock with lyrics written by a close friend of hers.

Bruce Escovitz is back with yet another group of USC students to jam on the breaks. This particular group of young players has some lush harmonies coming from the front line with sweet mystic melodies on guitar and the rhythm section was on it! The Piano player was especially colorful with some dynamic phrasing. From jazz and bop straight to hip hop, this new breed of lions make it sound all good.

Diane lets the trio stretch out and you can hear their cohesive sound and how generously supportive they are with each others solos. Diane also pulls out her guitar and lays down a nice Brazilian flavor. This multi-talented musical professional has a brand new album out called “Look No Further”. I think that speaks for itself.

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  • Eric Olsen

    great job and ever-informative as always LeRoy, perfect timing, too, when we can really use the input – thanks!