Diamond Jim Hewitt is a performing fiddler who also composes original instrumental music under the general rubric of "Barn Jazz". Interests range from bluegrass, celtic, contemporary folk, and new age, to violin jazz and swing, with an emphasis on improvisation and fusion of various styles.

He has performed locally in the Tucson, Arizona area for over 20 years as a member of various bands, including The Tortolita Gut Pluckers, Terry Pollock, The Blue Prairie Dogs, and The John Coinman Band. He received a TAMMIE - Tucson Area Music Award for strings in 1999. He has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival numerous times, and currently resides in Oracle, Arizona where he is active in his project studio.

A 2003 release, "Barn Jazz, Vol. 1" received critical acclaim locally and has been featured on community radio KXCI-FM. "Standing Stone", based on a trip to southwest Ireland, was released in 2007.

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Just uploaded a new song, Dragonfly, played on my new beautiful electric mando-cello, made by Colorado luthier, David Enke.

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John Fahey, Jerry Garcia, Mark O'Connor, Vassar Clements, Darol Anger, David Grisman, and many acoustic pioneers who favor improvisation in the context of traditional music, extending the boundaries o

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I have played fiddle, electric violin, and mandolin for over 20 years, performing with many bands in the Tucson, Arizona area. In 1999 I received a TAMMIE (Tucson Area Music Award) for best string player, sponsored by the Tucson Weekly. Lately my interest has focused on my studio projects, including a CD, Barn Jazz Vol. 1, released in 2003. I continue to record and develop new material for upcoming releases.

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