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"Schuur's voice is, to put it very mildly, beautiful. She has a vocal range that can deliver low, grumbly laments and high crooning wails with equal effectiveness." - College Music Journal
Long regarded as an artist who has seemingly walked a tightrope between jazz and pop, singer Diane Schuur makes no apologies for her unwavering commitment to the jazz tradition and its firm control on her artistic sensibilities despite forays into other genres. After all, she is still a hard-core disciple of the legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, but most particularly Dinah Washington, who was her earliest influence.
Born and raised in the state of Washington, Ms. Schuur was blinded by circumstances of her premature birth, suffering from retrolental fibroplasia, a recognized complication of neonatal care in the mid-20th century. It is the same condition that afflicted Stevie Wonder. Nicknamed Deedles as a child, Schuur discovered jazz very early via her pianist father and an immersion in the family’s formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington records. Blessed with perfect pitch, she sang and also taught herself to play the piano while quite young. Those significant skills were honed over two years spent at the Washington State School for the Blind, making her career decision at an early age quite instinctual. She was, in fact, performing publicly by age 10.
By her late teens, Diane was getting opportunities to play with and for major figures in the jazz world, including a pivotal performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival that served as an introduction to Stan Getz, which led to a White House appearance and a GRP record contract. With her career now officially launched, she garnered five Grammy® nominations and two Grammy® Awards including one for Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra. Ms. Schuur has recently recorded an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. It is titled I Remember You - With Love to Stan and Frank. The CD formally will be released on June 10, 2014, and will also commemorate her "official" discovery 35 years ago by Stan Getz in 1979, as mentioned above. The recording features all new arrangements by her pianist Alan Broadbent. In addition to Mr. Broadbent, the recording includes an all-star band that will appear on this date.
Diane Schuur - vocals
Alan Broadbent - piano
Joel Frahm - saxophones
Roni Ben-Hur - guitar
Ben Wolfe - double bass and musical director
Donald Edwards - drums
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Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division