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Diana Krall Sextet at Mesa Arts Center

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Diana Krall Sextet Mesa Arts Center Mesa, Arizona April 8, 2014 Diana Krall applied her sultry voice and dynamic piano style to a captivating if surprising concert that combined jazz with tender childhood memories, silent-film clips and Seinfeld-style mischievous humor. In a stage setting that resembled an old-time theater, Krall mostly performed music from the 1920s and 1930s, saying she loved old music and silent movies,and that she had heard many of the songs on her father's Gramophone, which was positioned stage left throughout the evening. Singing and playing both a grand piano ...

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Top Ten "Most Read" Articles: 2013

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our top ten published in 2013. 1. Diana Krall: Rediscovering Vaudeville in Glad Rag Doll 2. The Harlem Renaissance and American Music 3. John McLaughlin: Risk, Magic And Mystery 4. George Benson: Finding His Groove In Inspiration 5. Steven Wilson: Montreal, Canada, April 25, 2013 6. Eberhard Weber: Positive Pragmatism 7. Peter Hook: Tragic Joy, Electrified Order 8. Arve Henriksen: ...

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Diana Krall: Rediscovering Vaudeville in Glad Rag Doll

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Diana Krall is more than just a jazz songstress. She established herself as a solid interpreter of standards with her rendition of the Dusty Springfield's classic, “The Look of Love," making her mark with notable acoustic arrangements coupled with openly sensuous vocals carrying the tune. Krall is one of the jazz world's uniquely eclectic artists who has built a respectable longevity with her career. She is consistent as a serious jazz artist, both in the recording studio as well as in her visual branding. When it comes to CD cover art, she appears to have garnered notable attention ...

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Diana Krall: Live in Rio

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Diana Krall Live In Rio Eagle Eye Productions 2009

There are some music critics who will fault a successful artist for “selling out," for appealing to the lowest common denominator with music that is either highly processed or mediocre for the sake of not being offensive (read that, misunderstood). Such criticism has been leveled at Canadian pianist and singer Diana Krall, who by any standards of success is a rock star in the world of jazz--and it's true, Krall takes absolutely no artistic chances, choosing rather to perform mainstream jazz vocal music ...

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Diana Krall: Quiet Nights

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Diana Krall's new CD arrives just in time to greet the “lazy, hazy days" and nights of summer. On this outing, she is on vocals and piano, accompanied by Anthony Wilson on guitar, bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, percussionist Paulinho Da Costa and a lush orchestra consisting of a full string section augmented by flutes, French horns, oboe, tuba and vibes. The material is a selection of familiar American songbook standards and three Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes--"The Boy From Ipanema," “Este Seu Olhar" (sung in Portuguese) and the title song (with Gene Lees' English lyrics). All ...

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Diana Krall: Quiet Nights

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The origin of the phrase Bossa Nova is as complex as the Brazilian culture from which the music sprung in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Nominally translated into “Our New Thing," Bossa Nova was developed by Brazilian composers Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and João Gilberto, and is characterized by a samba rhythm with its emphasis on the first beat. Harmonically, Bossa Nova is similar to jazz in the use of the seventh, ninth and extending chords. The critical mass between Bossa Nova and jazz occurred on Getz/Gilberto (Verve, 1964), uniting Jobim, Gilberto and Stan Getz who, with ...

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Diana Krall

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The twilight skies over the aged wood shingled roofs at the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame were looking ominous. The air was damp and flecks of rain started and stopped as we walked into the beautiful Stanford White-designed courtyard with its hanging flowerpots and dark green shutters. It was like traveling back to another era of summery charm and Victorian opulence. The seats had been set up on one of the famed plush grass courts. The sight lines to the center stage were all pretty good. And the sound system this Friday night, the first of the Newport Jazz Festival ...



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