Diana Krall Biography
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Once every generation an artist comes along that transcends a particular style of music and broadens its audience to the masses. For modern jazz music, that artist is undoubtedly Diana Krall. Talented both as a pianist and vocalist, Diana is rooted in paying respect to those who have inspired the art form so rich in tradition, "…I do that at all my concerts. It's important because it's not all about me. I learned it from Percy Mayfield and Jimmy Rowles and all these great artists out there who should be recognized as well."
For her latest release WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES, Diana teamed with long time producer Tommy LiPuma and legendary composer Johnny Mandel to create the first jazz album to be nominated for the 'Best Album of the Year' Grammy in over 20 years. She walked away from the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards with wins for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Engineered Album- Non Classical (won by Al Schmitt).
WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES features lush orchestral string arrangements by Johnny Mandel on tracks such as Irving Berlin's 'Let's Face the Music and Dance' and the Cole Porter song immortalized by Sinatra 'I've Got You Under My Skin'. Those along with the other classically familiar tracks from the recording are delivered with a fresh new approach that is unmistakably Diana Krall, while maintaining the brilliance of their original versions.
Born in British Columbia, Diana was surrounded by music from a very early age. By the age four Diana had started classical piano studies, and in her teens she joined her high school jazz band. Diana draws from personal experiences as a youth remembering listening to music at home with family and singing playing piano along with her grandmother. She says, "To say I grew up in a musical home would be an understatement."
She landed her first paying gig at fifteen playing piano three nights a week at a hometown restaurant. Diana recalls auditioning for her first gig at a local restaurant called the NHL, "I think it is very fitting for a Canadian Jazz artist's first gig to be in a very nice hockey bar."
In 1981, Diana won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston and, after a year and a half of serious study, she returned to British Columbia. Renowned bassist Ray Brown heard her playing one night in Nanaimo and was so impressed by what he heard that he took her under his wing. Ray convinced Diana move to Los Angeles where she obtained a Canadian Arts Council grant to study with Jimmy Rowles. Jimmy encouraged Diana to explore her vocals to supplement her already blossoming piano skills.
On Diana's first recording, STEPPING OUT (Justin Time Records, 1993), she was joined by mentors Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton. After three years on the West Coast and a stint in Toronto, Diana moved to New York City in 1990. While in New York, she was able to focus on developing her singing and playing at a regular gig in Boston with her own trio. Shortly thereafter, she began her recording career and the rest, as they will most definitely say, is history.
In 1995, Diana released her first GRP album, ONLY TRUST YOUR HEART, featuring Ray Brown, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash and Stanley Turrentine. It was also her first collaboration with Tommy LiPuma and it introduced her talents to a much wider audience.
ALL FOR YOU, Diana's breakthrough 1996 recording on the Impulse! label, was a personal dedication to the music of the Nat King Cole Trio. Diana was joined by Russell Malone (guitar), Paul Keller (bass), Benny Green (piano), and Steve Kroon (percussion). This impressive Impulse! recording, also produced by Tommy LiPuma, was a spectacular career success and held steady in the top ten on Billboard's Traditional Jazz chart for nearly 70 weeks and earned a spot in The New York Times' Top Ten Adult Pop Albums for 1996. In January 1997, Diana earned a nomination for a Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category.
LOVE SCENES, released in 1997 solidified Diana as one of the most commercially successful Jazz artists of all time. Selling more than 500,000 units LOVE SCENES was certified Gold by RIAA on August 12, 1999. Backed by Russell Malone (guitar) and Christian McBride (bass), Diana heightened her artistry in the jazz trio format. Her sultry rendition of 'Peel Me a Grape' has been remarked by many as "finally having found its true voice in Diana Krall". LOVE SCENES earned Diana another Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in January 1998.
Since her latest release WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES, Diana has been touring extensively through out North & South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. Her tour stops have included sold out performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Massey Hall, and several dates with jazz vocal icon Tony Bennett. "I just do it because I love it. Jazz is the music in my heart that allows me to express myself, and I'm very passionate about it. I didn't get into it for any fame or fortune. But I'm very happy, because music has given me many opportunities, and I've met some great mentors, like Ray Brown, Jimmy Rowles and Rosemary Clooney. I'm very curious and I like what I do, and I think that's the key."
"I never dreamed that I would have the opportunities that I've had. I just try to perform at the highest level I can and be passionate, honest, inspired and excited about playing music."
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serendipity | Reviewer: Bill Barker | 2/7/13
I was longing to hear an old love song called 'East of the Sun' and I managed to get my 'smart TV' to scan Utube for it. To my utter amazement,the first choice was Dianna Krall. (who is she I thought) Well! let me tell you; I was enthralled by her performance, and did a bio on Google. I could not believe that I had never heard her name. I come fro the era of Art Tatum and Fats Waller, not to mention Oscar Pederson, now I must have Dianna's DVD
Diana Krall | Reviewer: Kenneth Creightney | 2/3/13
Diana Krall World renoun Jazz pianist, creative composer, and great interpreer of Gershwin Cole Porter with great thaughts of Artist as Miles Davis, Oscar Perterson, Writing great song,and her own interpretation having such great success wih her composition.The best I can say Diana Krall is God Blessed.
The Nanaimo Princess | Reviewer: Michael Finnigan | 6/3/11
Thank you Ray Brown for taking this precious soul under your wing and lighting her way. Maybe someday she will return to the island and experience our love for her. She is such a wonderful lady.
The Best jazz musician ever! | Reviewer: Gunay | 11/23/10
I'm Gunay from Azerbaijan.i'm so glad to find people who love jazz and who is astonished with her playing as much as i.
i think she's fantastic.i relax listening her music,its enjoyable. i bought her DVD on e-bay and plan to buy more.unfortunately i couldn't go to her concert to listen to her live,but i wish someday she'l come to Azerbaijan to give concert and people here who don't know her yet will have chance to go to concert and get familiar with her music.
DVD Live in Paris | Reviewer: Ctibor Ustohal | 9/21/10
After watching this DVD and listening to Diana's
incredible performance I was shocked.As Canadian since 1986 I've known her name, but that was it.
Her new way of jazz interpretation is one of the most impressive. As a big fan of classical music I believe Diana's music will last for many generations ahead. Her gifted talent is one of those examples of music as "Heavens gift to humanity. Ctibor.
the youth playing my music of old ? | Reviewer: Bobby G.. | 4/18/10
yes, i enjoy and own some of Diana's albums and am so pleased as a Tenor Sax player of the old american song's and to hear her rendition of all those great songs .
She and chis botti, harry connick jr, michael buble, and michael fienstien are so good at bringing back the great jazz era that we all miss so much.
They are a credit to the music and their own conception of jazz the way it once was.
thanks again . keep on swingin.
Wonderful Jazz Personality | Reviewer: Alan C. | 5/1/09
I am an amateur tenor sax player who loves and plays modern jazz. Until recently, I had only heard the name Diana Krall mentioned. After hearing and seeing her 'Live in Paris' concert, I am convinced she is one of the best! And I go back a number of years with that statement!
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S'Wonderful: The great Diana Krall. | Reviewer: Robert Stewart | 10/5/07
There's a few things to be said about Diana Krall: she is a great jazz pianist, has impeccable vocal timing, and manages, somehow, to take the standards that have been sung before by our great icons and give them a new life through her own style and interpretations.Only one question: can anyone tell me if she was at all been influenced by the incomparable Nina Simone, also a great pianist and a great interpretor of songs. Simone is an original. And I also wonder if she knows Lena Horne's "Do I love You, Deed I Do" which Krall also sings on her "Live in Paris" album.
love is where you are | Reviewer: guylene | 5/28/06
Please can you give me the "title album" for the song : Love is where you are - Singer Diana Krall.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you very much.
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