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Diana Krall

Biography

DIANA KRALL (vocalist, piano) was born on November 16, 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, to become, without doubt, the most successful Canadian jazz musician since Oscar Peterson.

She started playing piano at the age of four, and in high school, played in a small jazz group. When she was 15 she started playing regularly in local restaurants, but was soon playing solo piano in clubs and festivals all over Canada. She enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship from the Vancouver International Jazz Festival when she was 17, and after three terms there moved to Los Angeles where she continued to study with bassist Ray Brown and pianist Jimmy Rowles. It is Rowles who was credited with having originally encouraged her to make more of her distinctive contralto voice.

In 1990, Krall relocated to New York City where she began performing on a regular basis with her trio and recording. Her debut recording ‘Steppin’ Out” (Justin Time) was originally released in 1993 on an independent Canadian label. She signed with Verve in 1999, and has released several major recordings in the years since, many of them winning awards on both sides of the border. ”. In 2003, Krall married fellow musician Elvis Costello and their collaboration resulted in the successful 2004 release “The Girl in the Other Room”.

“Quiet Nights” her latest release is Brazilian centred and was released along with an accompanying DVD, “Diana Krall, Live in Rio” in 2009. Krall also produced Barbra Streisand’s 2009 album “Love is the Answer”. In 2003, Krall married fellow musician Elvis Costello and their collaboration resulted in the successful 2004 release “The Girl in the Other Room”.

Diana Krall appeared in concert with her trio during the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Series at the Ontario Science Centre on February 5, 1990.

Awards:
1995 - Grammy nomination for ‘All for You’
1999 - Grammy Award for ‘When I Look in Your Eyes’
2000 - JUNO Award winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album for 'When I Look in Your Eyes'
2002 - Three JUNO Awards for ‘The Book of Love’
2004 - National Jazz Awards winner as 'International Musician of the Year'
2004 - Awarded the Prix Oscar Peterson. established by the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal to recognize Canadian jazz musicians of distinction
2005 - Officer of the Order of Canada
2005 - National Jazz Awards winner as 'International Musician of the Year'
2006 - National Jazz Awards winner as 'International Musician of the Year'
2006 - National Jazz Awards winner as 'Jazz Vocalist of the Year'
2007 – Grammy nomination, Best Vocal Album for “From this Moment On”
 

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