DIANA KRALL

There are women artistes who have the ability to reach out and pluck at the heart-strings of their audience; Diana Krall is certainly one of them. In addition to her talent, her appearance has been described by one magazine as, "a manager's dream". Her compositions aim to attract each individual listener into the play she has created. The listener, breath held, is drawn into the mystery by the honesty and warmth of her voice. Her piano playing reaches even those previously untouched by jazz. As a woman, she is an organised and economical singer, saying, "The main point of music is the emotional effect on the audience."
Diana Krall was born on 16 November 1964 in Nanaimo, near Vancouver in Western Canada. From the first moments of her life she was surrounded by music; both parents played piano and her grandmother was a singer. She grew up listening to the records of Nat 'King' Cole, Fats Waller, Bill Evans, Frank Sinatra, retro and opera music. It was no surprise that she began playing piano when only four years old. Soon she had learned by heart all of Fats Waller's records, humming to herself in accompaniment. While studying in a classical piano class at music school, she was also playing in her school's jazz ensemble. In her youth she developed an interest in Sting's music, R & B and also Ahmed Jamal's music. She made her own debut at the age of 15; her music career began playing jazz compositions in local bars on Sundays. In 1981, a winner at Vancouver Jazz Festival, she was awarded a scholarship at Berklee Music College.

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After finishing at Berklee she returned to her native city and began to play in clubs, at the same time studying professionally. Meeting up with jazz musicians Ray Brown and Ray Hamilton, inspired her to move to Los Angeles where she worked to improve as a vocalist under the guidance of Jimmy Rowles. Early in her career, although singing often, Krall had not considered herself a serious vocalist, concentrating much more on the piano. Her vocal performances, however, helped increase her popularity and she was soon in demand as a singer. After 3 years in Los Angeles and returning to Canada, she lived in Toronto from 1984 to 1990. Remaining true to her early 'bop' and 'swing' styles, she worked there as a professional pianist and vocalist. In 1993 her first album, "Stepping Out" was released. Soon she moved back to the USA and, in 1994, she released her second album, "Only Trust Your Heart". Two years later came, "All For You" dedicated to Nat "King" Cole, whom she had

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liked from her youth; with this album, for the first time, she was nominated for a Grammy award. For Diana, Cole was an example as a perfectionist musician. She also followed his example by playing half-turned to the audience, establishing communication with them while still maintaining professional concentration.
Her next studio work, 'Love Scenes' brought her recognition as a fine writer of original ballads. 'When I Look into Your Eyes' followed in 1999 and confirmed her creative potential. The album had classical jazz arrangements but also contained elements of blues, samba and bossa nova. Accepted by jazz lovers, it was at the top of Billboard's jazz chart for more than a year. In 2000 it brought her a Grammy award for 'Best Jazz Vocal Performance'; it was also the first jazz album for 25 years to be nominated for 'Best Album of the Year'. Among the congratulations she received on her success was a letter from an enthusiastic fan:
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Bill Clinton, President of the USA. This album brought her to the centre of attention; her picture was on the cover of 'Vanity Fair', the 'New York Times' and 'Jazziz
Krall's next release, 'Live in Paris' (2002) also attracted great attention. The organisers of the Grammy 2003 awards announced it as the winner of 'Best Jazz Vocal Album'. This album presented all aspects of her repertoire; together with modern jazz she sings songs from the 20s, 30s, 60s and 80. "The new Ella Fitzgerald", as she was called by a US journalist, Diana Krall has not limited herself in recent years to the jazz genre, but has used classical pop music, too. Her interpretations of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" and Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love" prove once again her ability to work in this direction too. In 2001 she released the album, 'The Look of Love' and achieved incredible sales, going platinum five times. On February 24th 2002, she was named 'Best Musician' at the National Jazz Awards in Canada. 'The Look of Love' was named 'Best Album' and Krall herself announced as 'International Artist'. On 14th April 2002, the same album brought her three awards at the 'Juno' ceremony, Canada'sequivalent to the 'Grammy': 'Best Female Musician', 'Best Album' and 'Best Jazz Vocalist'.

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In accepting these awards, she said only, "It was unexpected. I think of myself as being in the position of third clarinet in the orchestra baseball team."
On July 26th 2002, she was declared 'Best Jazz Singer' in Asia. This was announced at the MTV Awards. On January 27th 2003, Krall was pronounced a Laureate at the prestigious National Jazz Awards in Toronto. She was 'Best Female Vocalist' and 'Best International Player' and the 'Live In Paris' album was 'Best Album'.

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Diana Krall often tours the USA, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia, performing with great success on the world's best stages. She says, "I am doing the work I love. Jazz is the music of my soul, it helps me to express myself. I never dreamed I would be in this position, I just do my best to work hard and honestly."
The soul of jazz is improvisation and the soul in Diana Krall's songs gives them a magnetic power.