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Diana Krall


DIANA KRALL (vocalist, piano) was born on November 16, 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, to become, one of the worl'ds most successful jazz musicians.

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. 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.

The album Quiet Nights was released along with an accompanying DVD, Live in Rio in 2009. Krall also produced Barbra Streisand’s 2009 album Love is the Answer.

Krall recently produced Paul McCartney's jazz album, Kisses on the Bottum, released in 1012.

Her new album, Wallflower, will be released in February 2014. Produced by David Foster, the recording will feature songs from the 1960s and 70s that Krall listener to as a young woman. The album was originally scheduled for release in November, but it was delayed due to Krall's health issues.

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

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
2010 - JUNO nomination for 'Vocal Jazz Album' - Quiet Nights
2013 - JUNO nomination for 'Vocal Jazz Album' - Glad Rag Doll


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