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Jerry Diazis a songwriter, solo perfomer, and founder of the band "Hanna's Reef". The son of a merchant marine (R.L. Diaz) from the coast of Venezuela, and an artist (Irene Rivera) from Mexico, Diaz has both the nautical spirit and the gypsy flair running through his veins. Born and raised on the upper Texas coast, Jerry gives listeners a glimpse of the coastal lifestyle in just about every song he writes. From songs about Key West, Florida, to songs about New Orleans, and the Texas beach towns that he's grown up in, Diaz takes you on a musical journey of boats, beaches, and bars.
As a songwriter, Diaz has accumulated quite a catalog of songs that have been enjoyed throughout the Gulf Coast, for the last several years. Jerry founded the band "Key West" in 1993, and performed with that band until April of 2002. During that time, Key West recorded three albums, which featured many Diaz originals. It is with Key West that Jerry developed his trademark high-energy "tropical" songwriting style that folks have come to know and love.
After leaving the band Key West, Diaz formed his current band, "Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef", in July, 2002. Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef features the songwriting of Diaz, including both familiar favorites from the earlier years, plus new compositions. Hanna's Reef recorded a live album in the summer of 2002 called "Reef Madness". The band released their first studio CD, "Deja View",in 2004, "Home onthe Gulf Coast" in 2009, and "On a Beach in Mexico" in 2012
In addition to songwriting, and performing with Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef, Jerry also performs regularly as a solo entertainer, and with other songwriters and musicians. In his solo performances, Diaz mixes a combination of original tunes, Jimmy Buffett favorites, and other "tropical" tunes. Jerry covers songs by well known artists, as well as songs by fellow Texans, and coastal songwriters. When Diaz performs solo, he does so with an acoustic guitar only (no backing tracks!)
Diaz has performed in several "songwriter's showcases", with fellow songwriters, and good friends. Some of the folks Jerry has performed with include Kelly McGuire, James "Sunny Jim" White, Larry Joe Taylor, Brent Burns, John Reno, David Waugh, Kelly Brown, Jim Hoehn, Sonny Russell, Gordon Price, Jerry Gontag, Jim Morris, Matt Hall, Hugo Duarte, Wes Loper, Eric Stone, Gene Mitchell, Robert Frith, Gary Seiler, Mark Mulligan, Don Burke, and Rick Steffen.
Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show
Having a party,and want to make it a "Margaritaville" themed event? Then Jerry has the perfect solution for you! At your request, Jerry can do a 2-3 hour show consisting of all "Buffett" favorites.
If you are anywhere in the United States, you're within our travel area. Contact Jerry for rates and availability We'd love to be a part of your event!
Jerry and Mary Diaz (his wife) are also owners and operators of Sail Away Promotions and Entertainment. Sail Away presents several promotions throughout the year, including the annual event PARDI GRAS (see www.Pardi-Gras.com In addition, Sail Away presents several selected shows by other artists, in the Houston, Texas area.
Jerry & Mary Diaz reside in Nederland, Texas, near the upper Texas coast. They have two daughters, Danielle, and Casey. In addition to the music business, Jerry & Mary are also the local distributors of Pepperidge Farm products in most of Southeast Texas.
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JERRY DIAZ & HANNA'S REEFis THE premier "Gulf Coast Beach Band". Based out of the Galveston Bay-Port Arthur area, this band knows firsthand about life on the Texas coast. In fact, the band's name comes from a popular fishing spot in Galveston Bay, near where the band members live. Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef blends a mixture of their own extensive catalog of original beach (and sailing) songs, with classic Jimmy Buffett cover tunes. And to round things out, they throw in other fun "tropical" cover tunes to complete their repertoire.
JERRY DIAZ & HANNA'S REEFperforms regularly throughout the Gulf Coast area, from Corpus Christi, TX, on over to Key West, FL. In addition, the band performs throughout the state of Texas, and has performed in at least 15 different states. Their brand of "fun in the sun", tropical music is always a welcome breath of fresh air wherever they perform. The band strives to create a full blown " Texas - luau" atmosphere on stage. They combine the tropical elements of steel drums and Latin percussion with the driving beat of a rock and roll band. But they don't forget their roots: you'll hear a little bit of "Texas" music mixed in occasionally, as well as songs with a distinctive "Cajun" influence, in their show.
JERRY DIAZ & HANNA'S REEFrecorded a "live" album in August, 2002, entitled "REEF MADNESS". The CD features 13 cuts total, including 9 original tunes. The album captures the wild and crazy atmosphere that takes place at the band's live shows. It is available on this website, and also atwww.amazon.com. In 2004, the band released it's first full-length studio album, "DEJA VIEW". That CD is also available here, as well as at amazon.com and itunes. Clickhereto hear sound clips from the CD. The band released their third album, "Home on the Gulf Coast", in November, 2009 and their fourth "On a Beach in Mexico" in 2012. "Rum Drinks & Sandy Beaches" (5th album) was released in Oct. 2018
Since 2003, Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef has performed at over 200 festivals and special events. In addition, the band has entertained countless numbers of private and corporate parties, and occasionally a few selected "nightclub" shows.
While the full band consists of 5 members, Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reefalso performs in smaller (and larger) configurations, depending on the size of the venue, and/or the size of the budget available! The best way to find out if you can book Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef for your show is to contactJerry Diaz. We'll be happy to give you a DETAILED quote for your event, party, or venue.You can reach Jerry at409-728-0033(cell)or409-893-8488(Mary's cell)