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Knox Jazz Year

Knox Winter Jazz Series


Andrew Crawford

Music Administrator and Managing Director of Jazz Year

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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The Knox Winter Jazz series showcases global artists with diverse cultural perspectives for a free concert and one-on-one experiential programming with Knox students and the Galesburg community.

Black Diamond

January 11, 2020
4:00 p.m.
Workshop in Jay Rehearsal Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College

7:30 p.m.
Concert in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College
Free and open to the public

Black Diamond thrives on the chemistry and compositions of saxophonists Artie Black and Hunter Diamond. A mutual admiration for the collaborative recordings of saxophonists Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh led them to experiment with their own two-tenor palette, and it quickly became apparent that the variance in their tonal and stylistic approaches created a captivating sense of balance. This dynamic has allowed them the unique compositional opportunity to write for the group in a way that is both deeply personal and instrumentally uncommon. In addition to Black and Diamond, the group features bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Neil Hemphill.

In Chicago, the band has been featured in residency at Andy's Jazz Club, the The Drake Hotel, and The Whistler. Other performances include the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival, and associations with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Sounds of the City Workshop, the Anagram Series at Elastic Arts, and the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective. 

August 2017 marked the release of Black Diamond's debut recording , "Mandala," on Shifting Paradigm Records. The album contains nine original works by Black and Diamond, and was featured as an Editor's Pick in Downbeat Magazine. The title is inspired by the Vajrayana Buddhist practice of sand painting. The intent of a mandala is to form a representation of the enlightened mind through intricate patterning of layered grains of colored sand. The music on "Mandala" represents our grains laid; our mandala composed. 

Black Diamond's newest release, “Chant” (Shifting Paradigm), was recorded live at The Whistler in Chicago and is set for release in February 2018.  

More information about the band can be found at their website,

Black Diamond is:

Artie Black - tenor saxophone / bass clarinet
Hunter Diamond - tenor saxophone
Matt Ulery - bass
Neil Hemphill - drums

Knox Winter Jazz Series Guest Artists

2019: Luciano Antonio Brazilian Quartet

2018: CALJE (Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble)

2017: Juan Carlos Formell y Su Nuevo Son Radical

2016: Juan Pastor's Chinchano

2015: Stu Mindeman "In Your Waking Eyes: Poems by Langston Hughes"

2014: Luciano Antonio Brazilian Quartet

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