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Diane Hubka: West Coast Strings

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Though born and raised on the East Coast, where she honed her skills under the tutelage of Anne Marie Moss, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Barry Harris, Howard Alden and Bill Bittner, singer-guitarist Diane Hubka has always exuded a more distinctly West Coast vibe, particularly on vocals, where she can suggest a slightly warmer Chris Connor. In 2002, while still based in New York, Hubka assembled You Inspire Me, a tribute to Bittner featuring jazz guitar royalty like Bucky Pizzarelli and Romero Lubambo. Following a move to L.A. in 2004, it’s taken her nearly a decade to shape that ’02 disc’s Left Coast counterpart.

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