Diane Hoffman was born and raised in Cambridge, Ma. where her maternal grandfather was a working musician. She was drawn to the thriving jazz and folk scene in Cambridge and it was there that the flames of self expression were kindled. Moving to California, she pursued the formal study of fine arts, spending a year of independent work in Mexico before earning a BFA from the California College of Arts. All the while, she continued to play guitar and sing. She returned east, settled in NY and continued to paint and began a series of solo exhibits. She joined a choral society where she performed classic liturgical pieces. She eventually turned her energy full time to solo performing, debuting 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, 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.
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 multitalented 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.