Olegario Diaz “I Remember Chet” (SCCD 31853)

SCCD 31853 Olegario Diaz “I Remember Chet” Venezuela-born pianist/composer Olegario Diaz has since 2011 been presenting handful of quality recordings with firm roots in post-bop. Diaz has also published quite a few books on music and musicians. He produced this album, his 5th release to portray Chet Baker as he might write a book about the great artist. “From Juan Sebastian Bar in Caracas to all the great joints in New York, Los Angeles … and the rest of the jazz world, to great open sky concerts, theatres and festivals, Olegario´s groups always give us ¨Something To Remember¨… good jazz! …” (John N. De Souza – Jazz Y Algo Más, … Continue reading

Olegario Diaz “Aleph In Chromatic” (SCCD 31823)

SCCD 31823 Olegario Diaz “Aleph In Chromatic” Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Olegario Diaz moved to USA at age 17 to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music and then furthered his studies at New York’s Manhattan School of Music where he earned the master’s degree. Currently in Venezuela, Diaz leads an active life as performer and renowned author of several instructional books. He travels frequently to New York to record and perform. “Diaz wrote seven of the tunes here and that seems logical as he appears to be one of the best jazz composers today…. He is more than a fresh breath of air in the classical post-bebop tradition.” … Continue reading

Olegario Diaz – Basquiat By Night/Day (SCCD 31774)

SCCD 31774 Oregario Diaz Quintet “Basquiat By Night/Day” Pianist/composer Oregario Diaz, graduate of The Manhattan School of Music with Mater Degree devides his time in his homeland Venezuela and New York performing with his groups. The title song dedicated to the New York-born Haitian pop artist Jean Michel Basquiat reflects Diaz’ deep appreciation of arts. For this his third album Diaz put together a highly cohesive ensemble to paint an attractive collage of joyful music. Ole Nimand of Jazz Special (DK) commented on Diaz’ previous release “The Skyline Session” SCCD 31753, “….The two tunes from Diaz’ own pen confirm again his compositional talent and his melodias and expressive solos steal … Continue reading

Olegario Diaz – The Skyline Session (SCCD 31753)

SCCD 31753 Olegario Diaz “Time Was” Pianist Olegario Diaz has firmly established himself in American jazz scene as well as in his native country Venezuela. Following his highly successful SteepleChase debut album “Having Fun” (SCCD 31733) last year Olegario put together his dream band here for his second release with Rich Perry (tenor sax) and Ron McClure (bass) from the first album and Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Lewis Nash (drums) as new addition. Diaz’ old class mate from City College NYC Lewis Nash remarks, “ It was a wonderful session and I’m sure that the joy we all experienced that day can also be heard and felt when listening to … Continue reading

Olegario Diaz – Having Fun (SCCD 31733)

Composer/pianist Olegario Diaz was born in Venezuela and studied music in USA graduating with Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from The Manhattan School of Music in New York City. For his SteepleChase debut album here he surrounds himself with the finest of artists one can find on the NY jazz scene: Rich Perry on tenorsax, Ron McClure on bass and Billy Hart on drums. Diaz is active in performing both in USA and South America. “His visions and efforts resulted in a fresh and spontaneous performance of this fine selection of jazz standards and Diaz originals.” (Ron McClure – from the linernotes) 1. In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)2. Salvador (Olegario … Continue reading