Diane's third CD, You Inspire Me
, (VSOJAZ 2002) was a personal tribute (and testament) to her love of jazz guitar, with seven of the world’s top virtuoso guitarists playing in various group settings. Diane often performs accompanying herself on guitar, and in September 2002 she began playing the 7-string guitar. Howard Alden, Concord Jazz recording artist and one of the world's foremost 7-string players, said: "I think voice plus seven-string guitar are an ideal combination. It's rare to find someone who can perform with both single-handedly, but Diane Hubka does just that - beautifully!" In Dec. 2007, the SSJ Records label of Japan re-released "You Inspire Me", renaming it "Nuages" and including a bonus track of the singer with Howard Alden.
Diane has recorded and/or performed with jazz luminaries Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Harold Danko, Bruce Barth, Joe LaBarbera, John Hart, Frank Kimbrough, John Pisano, Carl Saunders, Scott Whitfield, Paul Bollenback and the Brazilian Trio Da Paz. She has headlined in major jazz clubs across the US, appearing in New York's Blue Note, Birdland and Knitting Factory, the Central PA Jazz Festival, the Philadelphia Guitar Show, Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley, Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, SC, and LA's Jazz Bakery, Steamers and LA County Museum of Art. Returning to her home town, she has twice been ’Featured Soloist’ with the Western Maryland Symphony. Her tour in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, included appearances at JZBrat, Tokyo TUC, and the Cotton Club. In March 2008 she headlined at Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul, Turkey.
This Blue Ridge Mountain-bred artist grew up in Western Maryland in a musical family and learned violin, trombone and guitar from an early age. In college she joined her guitar teacher's group as a singer, and developed her love and knowledge of jazz. "My teacher, Bill Bittner, playing his big, Gibson L-7 guitar with a Charlie Christian pick-up, made a permanent impression on my young jazz ears!" After graduating from college she moved to Washington, DC where she she frequented clubs like Blues Alley, One Step Down and Mr. Y’s Soul Kitchen, absorbing sounds of national acts and local artists including Charlie Byrd and Shirley Horn, as well as honing her own performance skills in those rooms.
In 1986 Diane Hubka moved to New York and was soon awarded a jazz fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts. She studied voice, piano and guitar with some of New York’s premier jazz artists including: Anne Marie Moss, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Barry Harris, Harold Danko, Connie Crothers, and Howard Alden.
In addition to performing regularly, Diane Hubka accepts students for private instruction as well as conducts workshops on jazz improvisation. She is a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), and moderated a panel at their Jan. 2005 Conference, titled "The Voice / Instrument Connection."ver!!!
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: A melting pot of Latin, Smooth Jazz, RnB and Jazz.
: Refined Smooth Jazz guitarist whose style is influenced by Mediterranean, Brazilian and Caribbean music.
: in the vocal stylings of Diana Krall, Eva Cassidy, and other contemporary jazz and adult contemporary singers, she offers smooth and ultimate vocal experiences for all listeners.
: Jazz vocalist / guitarist Diane Hubka's innovative approach breathes new life into straight-ahead jazz, blues and bossa nova music
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: Melodic jazz with a voice so controlled and so personal that the seasoned producer was left sitting there with his mouth open in the studio, admiring the awareness and the warm and direct communication in her singing.
: upcoming violinist in the Jazz and Fusion arena. Although prominently being locally known in the Detroit area and throughout Michigan, his vision of the jazz violin, like his predecessors, has taken him abroad.
: a blend of smooth-jazz, funk and fusion. Accompanying Joe are some of the top names in Jazz-Fusion such as Jeff Lorber and Gerald Albright.
: Tantalizing horn textures combined with infectious melodies and in-the-pocket grooves stir up a great energy
: Smooth, contemporary jazz featuring the acoustic guitar of international recording artist
: A tasty blend of love, sex and hope with a twist of smooth jazz and a dash of latin spice