Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Diana Krall comes to Van Wezel/ tix on sale this weekend

Guess who's coming to the Van Wezel this season? Diana Krall, songbird extraordinaire. She'll be performing at the Van Wezel 8 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Here's more about her from the Van Wezel:

Known for her familiar breathy vocals and rhythmic lilt style music, the award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter continues to wow audiences and critics around the Globe. Her career exploded when she won a GRAMMY for best jazz vocal, “When I Look in Your Eyes,” followed by “The Look of Love,” her No. 1 best seller and five-time platinum album, “The Girl in the Other Room,” boosting her 15-year career to an all-time plateau. Her new album, “Quiet Nights” with a Brazilian, bossa nova style, which she will also feature on stage, includes such greats as “The Boy from Ipanema,” “Walk on By,” “Too Marvelous for Words,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face,” and many more.

Krall, at the age of 43, has experience in her favor. Born in Nanaimo, Canada, to a musical family, she grew up absorbing music that guided her future growth. She attended Berklee School of Music in the early ‘80’s, the moved to Los Angeles where she continued her studies with bassists Ray Brown and John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and pianist Jimmy Rowles; Rowles convinced the young pianist to focus on her singing as well. By 1990, Krall relocated to New York City and began performing with a trio, and in 1993, she released her debut album on a small Canadian independent label.

Fifteen years later, she looks back on a stellar career path, in the interim co-writing tunes with her husband Elvis Costello and her 2006 album From This Moment On was an upbeat, critical success that coincided with the birth of her twin sons- a life-affirming event that has enhanced Krall’s continuing growth as a musician. As moving as Quiet Nights is-deriving from Krall’s feelings for Brazil and bossa novas-the singer is not shy in admitting that its sensuality is as much about her home life. “It’s my love letter to my husband-just an intimate, romantic album.” As they say in Rio- obrigado!

Ticket prices range from $30 to $115. For more information and to buy tickets, contact the Van Wezel Box office at (941) 953-3368 (SPECIAL BOX OFFICE HOURS SAT. AUG. 14 10AM-3PM) or log onto www.vanwezel.org.

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