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Diana Krall - WICN's ARTIST OF THE MONTH

June 2017 - Diana Krall’s amazing success as performer and recording artist over the past twenty-plus years has made her an object of admiration – and/or envy. What is certain is that her always-engaging singing, estimable piano talent, and coolly magnetic but accessible presence have made her the foremost advocate for the American songbook of her generation – and a jazz icon in her prime.

Diana Krall was born on November 16th, 1964, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Her mother, Adella, was an elementary school teacher who sang in a community choir, and her father, Jim, was an accountant who played the piano. Her father had an extensive record and sheet music collection, which Diana used to learn from as she began taking piano lessons at age four.

Diana spent many weekends at her grandparents’ house which exposed her to jazz and eventually inspired her to join her high school’s jazz band. By the time Diana was 15, she was performing jazz classics at local restaurants and bars. When she graduated high school she received a scholarship to the Boston’s Berklee College of Music. After Berklee, she honed her craft in Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York, building long-term relationships with top musicians

Diana released her first album Stepping Out in 1993 on a Canadian label. She was then signed to the vast MCA stable, and placed with the great record producer Tommy LiPuma, who has directed her recording career. Only Trust Your Heart came in 1995, followed by her breakthrough album, All for You. The album was a tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio which allowed her to showcase her traditional jazz sound with fellow up-and coming stars Christian McBride (bass) and Russell Malone (guitar). It was certified gold in both the United States and Canada, but most importantly, this album put her on the map for future success in both jazz and popular music.

Diana’s follow up album, Love Scenes, was certified platinum in the United States and even reached double platinum in Canada. The album reached number 1 on the Billboard’s Top Jazz albums and charted in New Zealand, Japan, France, and the United Kingdom as well. Diana took another step with When I look in Your Eyes, where LiPuma had her front an orchestra scored by the brilliant Johnny Mandel or Claus Ogerman. It was certified triple platinum in Canada, gold in France and Germany, silver in the United Kingdom, and platinum in the United States.

In 2003, Diana married music sensation Elvis Costello. The two began working on music together and in 2004 she released the album The Girl in the Other Room, the first album to feature songs that she had written. She had tried songwriting when she was younger but lacked the confidence to truly pursue it, Costello encouraged her and helped acquaint her with the unique and intimate process of writing lyrics.

Diana has had continued success throughout the years. She has won three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards, which are awarded by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She has released 13 studio albums so far, plus the excellent Live in Paris. Her latest, Turn Up the Quiet, was released on May 5th of this year. It’s something of a return to her roots, as it features bandmates McBride and Russell Malone from the 1990s in intimate settings that include lots of her pianism. The excitement in this release was tempered with the passing of her longtime producer and mentor Tommy LiPuma. She is currently on a massive world tour in support of the album through December. Her New England tour dates include Burlington, VT on June 9th, Hartford, CT on June 13th, Portsmouth, NH on June 14th, Boston, MA on June 17th, and Providence, RI on June 18th.

To listen to her music visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialDianaKrall

 

 

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