Diane Hoffman’s singing is filled with direct and truthful emotional expression. She is blessed with a rich textured voice, playful surefooted rhythm and an easy rapport with accompanists. A multi talented creative powerhouse, she is an accomplished painter as well as an exciting and dynamic jazz singer. Diane brings her painter’s passion for narrative and innate sense of tone and balance to jazz expression. In a world beguiled by style Diane Hoffman remains committed to authenticity.
As she turned her energy full time into solo performing, she debuted as a jazz singer at the legendary Sonny’s Place. Diane studied with trombonist Denis Wilson of the Count Basie and Carnegie Hall Orchestras, Holli Ross of String of Pearls and Bernard Fisher of the NYC Opera. She has appeared on television and radio, performed on cruise ships and sings regularly at clubs and public venues in the NYC area.
Mr. Lepley has performed with some of the legendary big bands such as the Glen Miller and Bob Crosby Orchestras, and with well-known contemporary jazz musicians such as Sonny Fortune, Eddie Daniels, and Joe Lovano. He has also had a long and successful career as a composer, arranger, and recording artist. He composed music for the theatre while living in Greenwich Village, and has recorded with jazz singers and instrumentalists over the years. Recently featured in Newsday,