Jul 25, 2013 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Pacific Jazz Institue at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur for one show only at 7:30pm, Thursday July 25th. Doors open at 5:30pm. Band members are Diane Schuur (piano and vocals), John Nastons (sax), Scott Steed (bass), and D'Vonne Lewis (drums).
Since she first began recording, jazz legend Diane Schuur has had a dream. It is one she never got to achieve—until now. The singer wanted to record an album of classic country songs, those that inspired her when she was still a child. The singer has covered a lot of territory, collaborating with a range of artists from straight-ahead jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and the swinging Count Basie Orchestra to the Latin-infused Caribbean Jazz Project to blues titan B.B. King and pop icon Stevie Wonder. She has received Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums, and toured the world. But her roots were planted when she began listening to country music, and that’s where she wanted to go.
On The Gathering (2011), Deedles, as she’s fondly known to both friends and fans, turns a corner into a brand new lane, infusing her jazz sensibilities into ten country-brewed tunes from such seminal songwriters as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Hank Cochran, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller and others. Even as she explores her country roots, Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur inspires rave reviews across the globe as the new first lady of jazz. She swings with heartfelt intensity.
Diane is a Seattle native, as she grew up in Tacoma, Washington. Blind from birth and armed with the gift of perfect pitch, the talented and effervescent singer has earned the admiration of many of jazz’s greatest musicians. ‘Diane’s got a great ear,” saxophonist David Sanborn told Mary Huzinec in People. “She’s a natural singer with an easy way of phrasing, in the tradition of the great song interpreters.” Fellow saxophone master Stan Getz concurred. “She can sing almost any style, from scat to country ballads that can tear your heart out,” he told Huzinec. “In my opinion, Diane’s got all the equipment to be one of the greats. She’s the logical successor to Ella and Sarah.”
With an illustrious recording career that began in the 1980s, Schuur has received numerous awards including two Grammys: Timeless (1986) and Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra (1987). The recording with the Basie Orchestra spent an impressive 33 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz charts and received three Grammy nominations. She has proven her staying power with a steady flow of releases including Heart To Heart, a collaborative recording with B.B. King that entered the Billboard Jazz charts at No. 1.
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
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