Nicknamed "Deedles" as a child (her mother's endearment), Tacoma-born Schuur grew up steeped in traditional American jazz, courtesy of both parents: David Schuur was a local police captain and amateur pianist, and Joanie Schuur kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums in their suburban-Seattle home.
Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur's major vocal influence. She learned the iconic singer's "What a Difference a Day Makes" while still a toddler and began developing her own rich, resonant vocal style. Jazziz Magazine describes her approach as one that encompasses her whole lifetime of singing: "Schuur's vocal chops move from little-girl innocence to bawdy-mama blues in a hair's breadth, but always at the service of the song." Schuur is also an accomplished pianist, accompanying herself onstage as well as on many of her recording projects.
Her most recent album is an homage to two of her important mentors, both jazz giants: Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. I Remember You (With Love To Stan and Frank), released in 2014, also commemorates her "official" discovery by towering sax virtuoso Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival. "She's consistently combined fine artistic efforts with the pizazz of an entertainer and held sway in both concert halls and small clubs," observed All About Jazz's Victor L. Schermer in his rave review. "Her style incorporates both subtle jazz interpretation and the power of rhythm and blues."
I Remember You finds Schuur in an intimate setting, surrounded by her quintet, with compositions both understated and sophisticated. Featuring all-new arrangements by Grammy winner Alan Broadbent, the material blossoms under Schuur's improvisational scatting and deeply poignant delivery. I Remember You is Schuur's 24th album, and what is evident throughout, is the musical wisdom and innate grace she has continued to evolve, all through her expansive, 40-plus-year career.
That much-laureled career includes two Grammy Awards—- each for Best Jazz Vocal Performance—-on Timeless (1986) and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra (1987). Both were released by GRP Records, the label that had launched her recording career. Schuur scored three additional Grammy nominations for subsequent albums Pure Schuur and Love Songs, as well as for the individual track "The Christmas Song."
Her music has explored almost every locale on the American musical landscape, and her attendant studio collaborations—-showcasing Schuur's pitch-perfect execution and crystalline, three-and-a-half-octave vocal range—-are a who's who of superstellar American originators in a plethora of styles. They include the albums Heart To Heart with B.B. King and Swingin' for Schuur" with Maynard Ferguson, alongside assorted tracks with Stan Getz, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler, Jose Feliciano, and Karrin Allyson, among countless others.