Jazz Guitarist Eddie Diehl to Play Howland Center

Pairs with bassist Lou Pappas on April 24

The Howland Cultural Center presents New York’s Eddie Diehl, widely recognized as one of the greats of jazz guitar, in a performance with Lou Papas, bass, on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m.

Guitarist Eddie Diehl

Guitarist Eddie Diehl

Diehl, who currently lives in Poughkeepsie, has been playing professionally since the 1950s and has worked with well-known performers such as organists Jack McDuff (where his replacement was George Benson), Billy Gardner, Gloria Coleman, Boo Pleasant and Reuben Wilson.

In 1965, he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show with South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and singer Miriam Makeba. In 1972, he recorded the iconic Thinking of Home with saxophonist Hank Mobley. He has also recorded with jazz piano greats Al Haig and Hank Jones. In 2006, a collaboration with Jones, drummer Mickey Roker and bassist John Webber resulted in Diehl’s CD Well, Here It Is.

Bassist Lou Pappas has performed with Jay McShann, Bill Watrous and Randy Brecker. Pappas is now an instructor of double bass at Vassar College and SUNY New Paltz.

Admission is $15 at the door. A reception to meet Diehl and Pappas will immediately follow the performance. The Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main St. in Beacon. For further information, call 845-831-4988.

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