Diana Krall
Canadian musician
Diana Krall
Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. On December 11, 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.
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Alvin Ailey's 'Young NY Night' Premiere Dazzles
Huffington Post - 2 months
By Mercedes Vizcaino, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, December 14, 2016 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center with an explosive five-week holiday season program created to enchant audiences. December 1st marked their first Young NY Night series aimed to attract and engage patrons between 21 - 30 to the captivating art of dance. Because this particular night had so many fascinating elements wrapped into one, it is hard to highlight a singular moment. As I looked into the audience there was a wide demographic represented--from the coveted millennial crowd to well beyond--and everyone was ready to be entertained. To start the evening, Artistic Director Robert Battle made a curtain speech asking everyone in the audience to participate in videotaping a "mannequin challenge" for 40 seconds. This type of viral video sensation has swept social media and has been embraced and acted out by everyone from politicians, celebrities, fashion icons to law enforcement, ...
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Northern Exposure -- A Captivating Arts and Cultural Season This Fall in Canada
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Caitlin Leonard, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, September 12, 2016 As we are preparing for an exciting fall season here in New York, our "neighbors to the north" are already engaged in what appears to be an equally intriguing array of not-to-be-missed events and performances this season as well. Some of the highlights below are sure to pique your interest and will have you booking your trip tout de suite -- bon voyage! Banff, Alberta: A very exciting yearly event is the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, from October 26th to November 6th, located in the mountainous town of Banff, Alberta. Drawing a yearly outdoor enthusiast crowd, the festival takes place over a span of nine days, and includes screenings of some of the best adventure films from around the world over the past year. Awards are given, and fan favorites chosen, and the tales are always almost as extremely exciting as the wild ski, snowboarding, and climbing shots that these expert filmmakers are able to cap ...
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Diana Krall's' 'Wallflower' fails to inspire
LATimes - about 2 years
The last time we heard from Diana Krall, on 2012's "Glad Rag Doll," the popular singer and piano player was exploring songs from the 1920s and '30s that she'd discovered in her father's collection of 78-rpm vinyl. Three years later, Krall is still looking back, but this time she's not trying to...
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After rough year, Diana Krall blooms with 'Wallflower'
USA Today - about 2 years
Singer/pianist's album, delayed by her ailment, features mostly cover tunes           
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Diana Krall: Liner Notes From A 'Wallflower'
NPR - about 2 years
Krall's new album is a collection of songs she first heard on vinyl, from The Mamas & the Papas to the Eagles. She discusses getting know the originals and sharing music with her twin sons. » E-Mail This
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First Listen: Diana Krall, 'Wallflower'
NPR - about 2 years
The singer takes a loving look back at the '70s and '80s pop that helped shape her. Along the way, without grandstanding, Krall strips away the baggage of the original performers' iconic personas. » E-Mail This
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Lawrence Solomon: Israel boycott will fail for same reason seal boycott succeeded
Financial Post - about 3 years
Paul McCartney, a determined opponent of the seal hunt, was just as determined in opposing the Israeli boycott The Super Bowl will host more than the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. It will also highlight the most divisive and bitterly contested trade boycott campaign since the 1980s and 1990s, when environmental and animal rights activists successfully demonized the Newfoundland seal fishery. Today’s high-profile boycott is the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign – designed to force Israel both to leave the West Bank and to remove its security fence. But the boycott against Israeli goods and services will fail for much the same reason the seal boycott succeeded – boycotts require wholly unsympathetic targets. Israel is trendsetting, hip and inspirational, a magnet for winners from all walks of life. The same movers and shakers who recoiled at the sight of bludgeoned baby seals are drawn to Israel’s verve. They refuse to demonize Israel in ...
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Robert Davidson's Creative Spirit
Mother Jones - over 3 years
ON A BRISK JULY morning, hundreds of miles from his art studio near Vancouver, Robert Davidson hikes toward the ruins of a village on Haida Gwaii, a remote rainforest archipelago off the coast of British Columbia. Along the hushed trail to sGang gwaay Ilnagaay, stands of old-growth cedar and Sitka spruce jut into a gray sky, some with trunks so thick it would require 10 people to encircle them. A large raven takes off from the foggy canopy in a whoosh of black. "When I was a kid, we played in forest like this," Davidson says, recalling his village of Massett at the north end of the islands. "We had forest spirits who took the form of small humans. They were quite shy. We would try to catch glimpses of them and they would be gone." Davidson isn't recounting a fairy tale—he's casually explaining the regular presence of supernatural beings in Haida life. "I have a cousin who had lots of them around recently," he continues. "She has lots of junk in her house, so she said, 'Okay, if ...
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<em>Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz</em>, Conversations with Brian Culbertson, Tower of Power's Larry Braggs, and ECP's Michael Lazaroff, Plus a <em> Catching Fire</em> Exclusive
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ELLIE GOULDING'S CATCHING FIRE WITH HUNGER GAMES' "MIRROR" For those who just arrived on the planet, the next installment of The Hunger Games movie franchise is Catching Fire, and one of the pieces featured on its soundtrack album will be Ellie Goulding's "Mirror" that presents perhaps our first taste of the musical mood of the movie. Check out this exclusive audio track... For more info: http://smarturl.it/CatchingFireiT NOT YOUR FATHER'S SMOOTH JAZZ Probably most everyone reading this piece who hasn't been keeping up on such things believes that "smooth jazz" is still sonic wallpaper, you know, light music that would numb one into submission at work, a soundtrack for trips to the mall, background music for meals, et cetera. However, I felt a little differently about the subject, and since I interviewed many of this genre's artists over the last few years, I figured I'd check out what truly was going on firsthand via Entertainment Cruise Productions' recent Smooth Jazz Cruise ...
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Your Former Teenage Crush Gets Jazzy
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Molly Ringwald has moved from "The Breakfast Club" to the jazz club. The redheaded actress who describes herself as "your former teen-age crush" in her Twitter bio will always live in her generation's memories for portraying the angst of high school life as an everyday girl, teen princess and outsider in her iconic 1980s films "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and "Pretty In Pink" with writer-director John Hughes. Now the 45-year-old has taken on a new role as a jazz singer with the release last week of her album "Except Sometimes," a collection of Great American Songbook and Broadway tunes. She sings about romance from a mature, adult perspective, interpreting such tunes as "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "The Very Thought of You." She also pays tribute to the late Hughes by reclaiming "Don't You (Forget About Me)," the Simple Minds' theme to "The Breakfast Club," turning it into a jazz ballad. She believes her acting experience has h ...
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Diana Krall On Piano Jazz
NPR - almost 4 years
When this episode of Piano Jazz was recorded in 2006, Krall was seven and a half months pregnant with twins. Hear the pianist and vocalist play "P.S. I Love You" and "Little Girl Blue." » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Bryan Cain-Jackson: A Word With Doreen Taylor About Her New Album, Magic
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Photo Credit: Bobby Quillard Music is not only what Doreen Taylor does, it's who she is. Doreen's new country album, Magic, certainly works to personify who she is as a person as well as an excellent performing artist to keep your eyes on going forward. I have to admit, I've always had reservations about the country music genre in the past - but if it all sounds like this, I'll certainly be listening to a lot more of what country music has to offer. Magic lives up to its title by taking the entire genre and offering it to listeners with a twist as opposed to the homogenization that our ears have been trained to expect not just from the country genre, but also from every other genre that hits all of the popular music mediums. You'll see by continuing to read, Doreen is also a fun lady to chat with. It's a pleasure to be able to talk to you today; I've been looking forward to our conversation. Likewise, Bryan. Thank you for taking the time out to talk wi ...
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Michael Giltz: Music: Grammys Preview -- The Fifty Best Albums Of 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Grammys are Sunday night on CBS and it looks to be one of the tightest races in many a moon for Album Of The Year and other top categories. My money is on Mumford &amp; Sons because when it comes down to it, the Grammys love commercial success (especially when paired with critical acclaim) and though it's silly to say after just two albums, Mumford &amp; Sons is overdue. To celebrate, here are my picks for the Best Albums of 2012. First I give the list and then an extended version with comments and links to videos so you can sample the music. Enjoy! And let me know what your favorites of the year are, especially if they're not on this list. We can argue over what should be ranked where, but the main point is to discover some great new music. I hope you'll find some here. THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2012 1. Rumer -- Seasons Of My Soul/Boys Don't Cry (70s pop perfection) 2. Branford Marsalis -- Four MF's Playin' Their Tunes (hard-driving jazz; faultless) 3. The Tallest Ma ...
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Diana Krall delves into past on new album
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
After two decades as a recording artist, Canadian jazz singer-pianist Diana Krall decided to gently shake things up.
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Randall Kline beats drum for SFJazz Center
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Randall Kline beats drum for SFJazz Center Tech guys in orange and green safety vests worked around the stage as music filled the refined minimalist space at the core of the new cultural center at Franklin and Fell streets. A smile played on the face of the tenacious impresario, whose decades-old dream of building a permanent home in San Francisco for improvised music has finally come to fruition in the $64 million SFJazz Center, opening Monday. Kline spent years working with San Francisco architect Mark Cavagnero to create a performance space that could somehow combine the intimacy and energy of a jazz club with the acoustics of a great concert hall. The building, a mostly transparent structure that connects the center to the street and the popping Hayes Valley neighborhood, was seeded with a $20 million gift from an anonymous Bay Area donor whose family has a 20-year friendship with Kline and SFJazz. A former bass player who dropped out of San Francisco Stat ...
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Curtis M. Wong: From '80s Teen Icon To Jazz Chanteuse: Molly Ringwald Hits New York's 54 Below
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It's official: Samantha Baker, Andie Walsh and Claire Standish have all collectively grown up. Well, the woman who played all three of them has done so, at least. Molly Ringwald, whose starring turns in Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club made her an '80s teen icon, morphed almost seamlessly into a silk-voiced jazz chanteuse on the stage of New York's 54 Below nightclub Jan. 15. As it turns out, Ringwald's latest role was actually more of a return to her roots than a reinvention: as the 44-year-old star told the crowd, she got her start singing alongside her father, blind jazz pianist Bob Ringwald. Describing jazz music as her "comfort food," Ringwald dove into a set featuring standards made famous by Billie Holliday, Blossom Dearie and Bing Crosby with brass and panache. (Many of these tunes have been brought together for a forthcoming album, Except... Sometimes, due out April 9) "I don't feel any pressure with music; it's something that I do ...
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George Howard: The Latest Tectonic Shift in Music
Huffington Post - about 4 years
So the Grammy nominations were announced recently. The nominations follow on the heels of several interesting weeks in terms of what's at the top of the charts. A quick perusal of both the nominations and the charts leads to only one conclusion: The music business is in one of its periodic re-imagining phases. Take a look at the list of nominees for Album of the Year. The Black Keys (a scruffy, neo-traditionalist duo from Akron who look like they woke up in the Greyhound station); fun. (indie rockers, who a year or so ago were establishing their hip bona fides via opening for Panic at the Disco); Jack White (color-coordinated, neo-traditionalist (ex of another duo) from Detroit who looks like he drove the Greyhound bus to pick up the Black Keys); Frank Ocean (supremely talented New Orleans-ian who is a neo-traditionalist as well, but from the tradition of Stevie Wonder rather than John Lee Hooker); and, finally, Mumford &amp; Sons. In addition to being nominated for Al ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Diana Krall
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 50
    Wallflower is the 12th studio album by Krall, released on February 3, 2015 by Verve Records.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 47
    On September 13, 2012, Krall performed "Fly Me to the Moon" at astronaut Neil Armstrong's memorial service in Washington, D.C.
    More Details Hide Details Glad Rag Doll was released on October 2, 2012.
    In September 2012, she accompanied Paul McCartney at Capitol Studios in a live performance of his Album "Kisses on the Bottom", which was shown live on the internet.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    Krall also produced Barbra Streisand's album Love Is the Answer, released on September 29, 2009. 2011 saw Krall retreat to Sri Lanka; however, no publicity was given and the visit remained entirely private.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    In late May 2007, Krall was featured in a Lexus ad campaign.
    More Details Hide Details She also sang "Dream a Little Dream of Me" with piano accompaniment by pianist Hank Jones. Quiet Nights was released on March 31, 2009.
  • 2005
    Age 40
    In 2005, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Nanaimo Harbourfront Plaza was renamed Diana Krall Plaza. She is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Krall has been selected as a Steinway & Sons Artist and performs exclusively with Steinway pianos in recording sessions, concerts, and public appearances. The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 39
    She joined Ray Charles on his Genius Loves Company album in 2004 on the song, "You Don't Know Me".
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  • 2003
    Age 38
    Krall and British musician Elvis Costello were married on December 6, 2003, at Elton John's estate outside London.
    More Details Hide Details Their twin sons, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006, in New York City.
  • 2002
    Age 37
    Krall's mother died of multiple myeloma in 2002, within months of the pianist's mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney.
    More Details Hide Details Diana's only sibling, Michelle, is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
  • 2001
    Age 36
    The 2001 movie The Score (U.S.A. and Germany) starring Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando, features a recording of Krall entitled: "I'll Make It Up As I Go".
    More Details Hide Details This song accompanies the film's ending Credits (Chapter 12) and was composed by a fellow Canadian, David Foster. After marrying Costello, she worked with him as a lyricist and started to compose her own songs, resulting in the album The Girl in the Other Room. The album, released in April 2004, quickly rose to the top five in the United Kingdom and made the Australian top 40 album charts.
    In September 2001, Krall began a world tour.
    More Details Hide Details Her concert at the Paris Olympia was recorded and released as her first live record, Diana Krall - Live in Paris. The album included covers of Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are" (a hit on U.S. smooth jazz radio) and Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You".
  • 2000
    Age 35
    In August 2000, Krall was paired on a 20-city tour with Tony Bennett.
    More Details Hide Details They were paired again for a song on the TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Orchestral arrangements by Johnny Mandel provided the background on When I Look In Your Eyes (1999). The band mix was kept, following arrangements on The Look of Love (2001) created by Claus Ogerman; this record achieved platinum status and reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The title track from the album, a cover of the Casino Royale standard popularized in the late 1960s by Dusty Springfield and Sérgio Mendes, reached number 22 on the adult contemporary chart.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 28
    In 1993, Krall released her first album, Stepping Out, which she recorded with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.
    More Details Hide Details It caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who produced her second album, Only Trust Your Heart (1995). Her third album, All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (1996), was nominated for a Grammy and continued for 70 weeks in the Billboard jazz charts. Love Scenes (1997) quickly became a hit record with the trio of Krall, Russell Malone (guitar) and Christian McBride (bass).
    She returned to Canada to release her first album in 1993.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Krall was born on November 16, 1964, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Adella A. (née Wende), an elementary school teacher, and Stephen James "Jim" Krall, an accountant.
    More Details Hide Details Her father played piano at home and her mother sang in a community choir. She was playing piano herself at the age of four and playing jazz in a local restaurant at 15. She went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship before going to Los Angeles to play jazz.
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