Diana Krall - Glad Rag Doll Tour

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, April 13, 2013

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With the Borgata Event Center stage set to date back to the days of vaudeville, Diana Krall’s “Glad Rag Doll” tour included a mix of jazz and blues tunes from the roaring '20s and '30s. The stage was decorated with a gramophone, upright player piano and giant crescent-shaped moons. A continuous video of movie clips, and Krall family photos were also a part of the backdrop. The quintet featured Aram Bajakian on guitar, Dennis Crouch on bass, Stuart Duncan on fiddle/guitars, Karriem Riggins on drums and Patrick Warren on keyboards.

The opening video featured Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson and the tune “When the Curtin Comes Down.” Halfway through the video, Krall and her quintet arrived to sing and play along with the Buscemi video. Interestingly, the setting could have resembled the famous speakeasy known as Babette’s once in Atlantic City. Krall sang tunes from the ‘Glad Rag’ collection; including “We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye”, Just Like A Butterfly Caught in the Rain” and There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth the Salt of My Tears”.

Between songs Krall chatted with the audience about how glad she was that it is finally Springtime. Then she continued the performance with up tempo tunes “The Sunny Side of the Street,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “I’m A Little Mixed Up.”

Krall moved from the baby grand to the upright piano for a solo set taking requests from the audience including her popular “Peel Me A Grape,” “Frim Fram Sauce”, a Nat King Cole original and “Glad Rag Doll”, Krall’s tribute to the Ziegfeld Follies girls. She continued playing her favorites including Nat King Cole’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and some Bob Dylan and Tom Waits tunes.

Diana Krall delivered a night of great music, backed by a versatile and talented quintet with songs that ranged from being heartbreaking to whimsical.

More images from the event are in Ben Johnson's photo gallery http://www.benjohnsonjazzphotos.com

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