What’s not to like? Smokey voice, great piano, easy listening all day long, especially on a cold, gray day, by the fire with a cup of tea.
Diana Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia on November 16, 1964. She began with classical piano studies at age four, followed by jazz in high school. To say that she grew up in a musical household would be quite the understatement. In her upbringing, there was music everywhere and it was a family affair. On Sundays the family made music and sang together. Both her father and mother played piano, and Diana says some of her fondest childhood memories are singing and playing piano with her grandmother.
Her first gig (age 15) was playing piano three nights a week at a local hometown restaurant called NHL — a very nice hockey bar. How perfect for a Canadian girl to begin with hockey!
Then in 1981, Diana won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After studying for a year and a half, she returned home. Renowned bassist Ray Brown heard her playing one night and was so impressed by what he heard that he took her under his wing. Ray convinced Diana move to Los Angeles where she obtained a Canadian Arts Council grant to study with Jimmy Rowles. Jimmy encouraged Diana to explore her vocals to supplement her already blossoming piano skills.
And the rest, as they say, is history. After a few years in Los Angeles and Toronto, she moved to New York in 1990. Her very first album, “Stepping Out” debuted in 1993, followed by “Only Trust Your Heart” in 1995.
After a couple more interim albums, “When I Look in Your Eyes” arrived in 1999 and her success exploded. The album became an international best-seller and earned her a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. It also was the first jazz album to be nominated for Album of the Year in 25 years.
More personally speaking, she married the British musician Elvis Costello in 2003 on Elton Johns’ estate. They have twin sons, born in December of 2003 in New York City.
So when it’s snowing outside, put a few of her albums on, and cuddle up with something good to read. For your reference, here is a partial list of her albums.
- 1993: Stepping Out
- 1995: Only Trust Your Heart
- 1996: All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio
- 1997: Love Scenes
- 1999: When I Look in Your Eyes
- 2001: The Look of Love
- 2004: The Girl in the Other Room
- 2005: Christmas Songs
- 2006: From This Moment On
- 2009: Quiet Nights