01/04/14

Diane Schuur to Preview New Album at Birdland

A double salute to Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra

Vocalist Diane Schuur is scheduled to land at New York’s Birdland this month, where she will preview selections from her forthcoming album, I Remember You, a tribute to two of her musical heroes, Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra.

The weeklong engagement commences January 13 with a private concert for attendees of the 2014 APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference and continues through January 18. Among the musicians joining Schuur will be pianist Alan Broadbent, who arranged and plays on all 11 of the album’s tracks.

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Getz helped launch Schuur’s career in the 1970s when, after seeing her perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival, he invited her to join him for a concert he was organizing at the White House. That concert, later televised by PBS, provided Schuur with her first national exposure. Getz subsequently made guest appearances on Schuur’s first three albums: Deedles (1984), Schuur Thing (1985) and Timeless (1988), for which she won the first of her two Grammy Awards.

Schuur’s introduction to Sinatra came via his wife. As Schuur recalls, “Barbara asked me to do a benefit with Frank in Palm Springs. I was replacing Liza Minnelli, who couldn’t do the gig. It was quite a star-studded event. Afterward, Frank and I talked at length and he gave me a gift of a painting that he had done. It’s a beautiful abstract that now hangs in my kitchen.”

I Remember You, co-produced by Schuur and Mary Ann Topper, also features guitarists Romero Lubambo and Roni Ben-Hur, saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.

The preliminary track list includes a dozen songs associated with Getz and/or Sinatra:

‘S Wonderful
Nice ‘n’ Easy
Watch What Happens
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
How Insensitive
Here’s That Rainy Day
Didn’t We
I Remember You
I Get Along Without You Very Well/Don’t Worry Bout Me (medley)
The Second Time Around
For Once In My Life

The songs are, says Schuur, “Intended to follow the arc of a love story, with that first flush of deep affection, then the disillusion that follows, then coming full circle for the next romance.”

The album is scheduled for release in June on the Jazzheads label.

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