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Diana Krall

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“Say what you will about Diana Krall, her sustained baby-boomer popularity and sexpot good looks… but there’s nothing jazzier than knowing how to break all the rules as well as she does.”

Vocalist Diana Krall has become a sensation in the jazz world. Reaching across genre borders with her lush voice and simple, yet soulful piano style, she has become one of the best jazz artists around, appealing to an audience that isn’t limited to jazz aficionados.

Krall began playing the piano at age four, and was exposed to her father’s jazz records. She had already become a local singer and performer in her hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia, when she was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Encouraged by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jeff Hamilton who were impressed with her singing, Krall moved to Los Angeles, California to study with pianist Jimmy Rowles. Rowles, who was best known for accompanying singers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, helped Diana Krall develop her singing and self-accompaniment on the piano.
In 1990, Krall moved to New York City, and two years later she recorded her first album, Stepping Out, with bassist John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. The album caught the attention of producer Tommy Lipuma, a music producer who had worked with Miles Davis, Nat “King” Cole, George Benson, and others.
Since then, Krall has enjoyed a successful career, recording and performing with jazz greats such as Russell Malone, Christian McBride, and Tony Bennett

Diane Krall's first album, Stepping Out, was released in 1993, and her breakthrough came three years later with All for You. She received her first Grammy Award for When I Look in Your Eyes. On The Girl in the Other Room, Krall for the first time included some of her own compositions as well as songs written or co-written by British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, whom she had married in 2003.

On, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000—09 decade, establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time. She is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. To date, she has won two Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. She has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums.

Diana Krall in concert on July 1, 2013 at 21:00 at Odeon of Herodes Atticus - Glad Rag Doll World Tour

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