Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Hubka, Diane, vocalist, guitarist; b. Pleasantville, NY, 18 March 1957. She grew up (age 12 - 21) in Cumberland, MD. Her mother, Miriam Hubka, a part-time folk singer, was born 3/22/37. His father, Theodore Hubka, was born 3/6/36. Hubka is both a solo performer (she accompanies herself on seven-string guitar) and bandleader.
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 1989 she moved to New York, after winning a jazz fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has studied voice, piano and guitar with some of New York's premier jazz artists including: Sheila Jordan, Barry Harris, Harold Danko, Connie Crothers, Gene Bertoncini and Howard Alden.
Performing in major jazz clubs across the country, she has appeared in New York at Blue Note, Birdland, and the Knitting Factory, Washington D.C.'s Blues Alley; the Mellon Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival, the Jazz Bakery and Steamer's in Los Angeles; and on-stage at Philadelphia's Great American Guitar Show. Returning to her hometown, she was featured soloist with the Western Maryland Symphony.
Diane currently accepts students for private instruction, and conducts workshops on jazz improvisation throughout the country. In 2005 she will head a panel at the International Assn. of Jazz Educators Conference titled "The Voice / Instrument Connection" with Bobby Watson, Connie Crothers and Dena DeRose.
Formerly based in NYC, she now resides in the Los Angeles area.
Haven't We Met (featuring Lee Konitz, 1998); Look No Further (2000); You Inspire Me (featuring Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins and Romero Lubambo, 2002)
Her debut CD, Haven't We Met, was nominated for a 1999 Jazz Award for Best Recording Debut.