Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is making her third appearance at the Festival – the first since 2000. Superbly talented and one of the most commercially successful jazz artists of all time, Krall has topped Downbeat magazine’s annual readers’ poll as Best Female Jazz Vocalist for most of the past decade. Krall and her band recently recorded with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney for his new album, Kisses on the Bottom, released in February.
Born in Nanaimo, Canada, to a musical family – Krall’s father is a stride-style pianist and serious record collector — she grew up absorbing music that guided her future growth. Krall attended Berklee School of Music in the early ‘80s, then 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, Diana Krall can look back over a stellar career path: in ’99, signed to Verve, her career exploded when When I Look in Your Eyes won a GRAMMY® for best jazz vocal and became the first jazz disc to be nominated for Album of the Year in twenty-five years.