The greatest female jazz artist of her generation will open the Lied Center season on Sunday
Diana Krall grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, listening to her father’s collection of 78 rpm records and falling in love with the piano, which she mastered after a stint at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
She was encouraged to add vocals to her piano by the late Jimmy Rowles, with whom she studied as a teenager in the early 80s. “We shared a love for songs, especially obscure ones, and it comes to say in that rocky tone, ‘If you want to sing, just sing,'” she told New Jersey Stage.
That’s exactly what Krall has done, and over the past four decades has become the most acclaimed female jazz artist of her generation.
Krall, who will make her Lincoln debut at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, is the only jazz singer to have debuted on eight albums atop the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
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She has won two Grammy Awards and 10 Junos (the Canadian Grammy). Nine of his 15 albums have gone gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum. His 1999 album “When I Look in Your Eyes” spent an unprecedented 52 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
And in 2009, Billboard named her the second-greatest artist of the decade. It’s a position she may well continue to hold today, arguably the most widely recognized star in the jazz universe.
Here’s how she was described by the New York Times in 2017:
“Since Ms. Krall began a recording career in the early 1990s, her screen-siren looks and seductive alto – a cool yet sultry voice, wielded with a rhythmic sophistication and understatement drawn from years of leadership with his other instrument – have provided, for some, an almost unattainable aura of glamour.
Adding to that glamour, she is part of one of the most enduring celebrity marriages of the 21st century. Married to British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello at Elton John’s estate near London in 2003, the couple have a set of 16-year-old twins.
Since “Stepping Out,” her self-financed debut album in 1993, Krall has been one of the main stewards of the Great American Songbook, recording and performing songs that she finds fully alive and open to new interpretations.
“It’s not about one period or one demographic,” Krall told The Times. “It’s about finding romance in everything, in beauty or in sad things.”
Her most recent album, 2020’s “This Dream of You,” is titled after the Bob Dylan song she covered on the record which includes songs associated with Nat “King” Cole and Frank Sinatra as well as ” How Deep is the Ocean” by Irving Berlin and the classic “Singing in the Rain”.
After spending the pandemic in quarantine with Costello and their sons, Krall spins behind this album with his trio and will open the 2022-23 Lied season with his set of, albeit little-known, standards on Sunday.
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