Monday, November 18
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“… poise and panache.” – JazzTimes
Diane Schuur’s inspired vocal delivery was won legions of admirers since her days as a young, precocious upstart from Tacoma. She burst upon the scene seemingly full-grown as a talent whose enthusiastic performances evoked comparisons to vocal greats such as Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. In over three decades of recording, she has won two Grammy Awards and been nominated for three more. She has performed, or collaborated, with a long list of jazz and pop artists ranging from Count Basie and Maynard Ferguson to Barry Manilow and B.B. King, even delving into an album of country songs along the way. Diane Schuur Live is her latest CD.
Growing up in Auburn, Washington, Diane Schuur – nicknamed “Deedles” as a child – was exposed to jazz through her parents record collection. Her father, a policeman who enjoyed playing piano, encouraged his daughter’s precocious musicality. Blind from birth, but blessed with perfect pitch, she taught herself to pick out melodies on her dad’s piano. Schuur was only ten years old when she first performed in public at a Tacoma hotel. In her teens, as she became more serious about pursuing music, Dinah Washington and other jazz legends still loomed large as a main influence on her singing, but the pop music of her youth was making an impression on her as well. Although she excelled at mainstream, straight-ahead swinging jazz, Schuur was never confined by it. She enthusiastically dove into a broad cross-section of styles: blues, country, Broadway show tunes, Afro-Cuban jazz, Brazilian, and American pop music.
Currently, Schuur is focusing on her jazz roots, playing the Great American Songbook standards that she heard, and loved, growing up. Be it a smoky ballad or an up-tempo reconfiguration of an old favorite, Schuur is a phenomenal interpreter of the musical gems that define our cultural heritage. Her brilliance in concert performance, as she enters into a fourth decade of performing, has won a loyal following, and one that keeps growing. Perhaps the most insightful praise about Schuur comes from the late saxophone legend Stan Getz, an early mentor, who years ago predicted: “She can sing almost any style, from scat to country ballads that can tear your heart out. In my opinion, Diane’s got all the equipment to be one of the greats. She’s the logical successor to Ella and Sarah.”
DATE: Monday, November 18, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:30 PM
PRICE: $30/Adv $233/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
Mary Ann Topper
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