Happy Birthday Diana Krall

November 16, 1964

 

A tribute to the popular singer-pianist

Singer and pianist Diana Krall was born on November 16, 1964 in Nanaimo, Canada.

She began playing piano when she was four and played professionally by the time she was a teenager.

Krall studied at the Berklee College of Music during 1981-83 before moving to Los Angeles where her mentors included Jimmy Rowles, Ray Brown and John Clayton.

She released her first album in 1993 (Stepping Out) and her second one All For You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio was a giant hit, launching her great success.

Diana Krall soon became the most famous living jazz artist, sounding at her best when playing swing standards with her trio which early on featured guitarist Russell Malone.

While she has recorded orchestral dates and occasionally taken a detour to record originals, she is at her best when playing swinging versions of vintage songs.

Krall’s career has included many best-selling albums (eight debuted at the top of the Billboard charts), she has sold over 15 million albums and has headlined a countless number of concert dates and festivals.

Along the way she married Elvis Costello, produced a Barbra Streisand album, recorded as an accompanist to Paul McCartney, and recorded a full album with Tony Bennett.

Here is a full set of her performance at the 2013 Northsea Jazz Festival.

Songs:

1. We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
2. There Ain’t No Sweet Man That’s Worth The Salt Of My Tears
3. Just Like A Butterfly That’s Caught In The Rain
4. Everything’s Made For Love
5. Let It Rain
6. Temptation
7. Peel Me A Grape
8. Frim Fram Sauce
9. A Man Needs a Maid/Heart Of gold
10. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
11. How Deep Is The Ocean
12. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
13. Lonely Avenue
14. Just You, Just Me
15. I’m A Little Mixed Up

Personnel:

Diana Krall, vocals, piano
Stuart Duncan, viola, guitar
Aram Bajakian, guitar
Patrick Warren, keyboards
Dennis Crouch, bass
Karriem Riggins, drums

-Scott Yanow

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