Someone in Love
Diane Hoffman is a multi talented powerhouse ... at a recent performance a fan remarked, 'You can just see and feel the music moving through you.' Diane is a truly inspiring performer. Her disciplined good taste pleases aficionados and her emotional directness stirs audiences to their feet. Diane grew her talent the old fashioned way...through hard work. Her grandfather was a much beloved musician in Cambridge, Mass. As a young teen, Diane made her way through the Harvard Square coffee houses and backwater juke joints. She was always an individualist, striving to find her own way. She sought the unusual, the true. She designed and made her own clothes. She set out for California and earned a BFA at the California School of Arts. She spent a year in independent study near Patzcuaro, Mexico. All the while she played her guitar, wrote and sang. She exhibited her paintings for more than fifteen years and is now represented in the U.S and internationally. Seeking more direct audience contact than the art world could provide, Diane moved from the gallery to the stage. She joined a large chorale, studied with a Cantor and NYC Opera member, and to this day enjoys performing the great liturgical works of Brahms, Bach, Handel and company. But, Diane's greatest love was and is the jazz song. She honed her skills with members of the Carnegie Jazz Ensemble, The Count Basie Orchestra, Mannes College, and the many gifted sidemen who have graced her trios and quartets. Diane's singing is unique, nuanced and textured. She searches for truth in the lyric, the phrasing, the tempo, and in the playful spontaneity of the moment. Musicians who accompany Diane always have a good time. Even her two grown sons love to play with her, one on the tenor and the other on drums. Diane is a tireless and driven musician. Her repertoire is always expanding and her renditions always growing and evolving. In short, she is a real jazz musician. Diane performs regularly in the NYC area and in the summer on the LI winery scene. She appeared on the SS Norway Jazz Cruise in 1999 and 2001, on the MS Maasdam Jazz cruise in 2002 and 2003 and on the MS Zenith in 2004.