lunes, 4 de diciembre de 2017

Article: "Concert review: DIANA KRALL gave her all Saturday night at the NAC" (

Concert review: Diana Krall gave her all Saturday night at the NAC

The leading vocalist in jazz demonstrated her emotional and artistic range during a generous two-hour concert Saturday night in Ottawa.

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Published on: December 3, 2017 | Last Updated: December 4, 2017 10:32 AM EST

Diana Krall at the National Arts Centre, Dec. 1/17. DAN NAWROCKI

Diana Krall
National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

Reviewed Saturday night

From sultry and swinging to goofy and giggling to heartfelt and moving, Diana Krall gave her all at the National Arts Centre Saturday night during her two-hour concert.

While the concert drew substantially on songs from from Krall’s latest record, the award-winning and easy-on-the-ears Turn Up The Quiet, the all-Canadian but international jazz star presented a wider swath of music and emotions to the crowd that packed Southam Hall for the second of Krall’s two nights in Ottawa.

Here’s the set list for the show:

‘Deed I Do


Christmas Time is Here/Isn’t It Romantic

Night and Day

Blue Skies


On The Sunny Side of the Street

A Case of You/River


I Don’t Know Enough About You

Just You, Just Me


The Look of Love

S’Wonderful/East of the Sun

The Dream of You

Departure Bay

Compared to the recorded versions, the performances in Ottawa opened up considerably with extended solos, satisfying music fans who came for instrumental thrills and not just Krall’s smooth but compelling singing.

In particular, every time that guitarist Anthony Wilson, one of four ace American musicians in Krall’s touring band, stepped forward, he reliably contributed something dazzling, whether it was a gorgeous introduction or an improvised solo filled with ornate but wonderfully developed melodies.

Guitarist Anthony Wilson at Diana Krall’s Dec. 1/17 concert at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa DAN NAWROCKI

Wilson also played a trickster’s role in the night’s least scripted moment. Introducing the tuneIsn’t It Romantic by himself, Wilson played Christmas Time Is Here, the beloved Vince Guaraldi-penned classic from A Charlie Brown Christmas, so elegantly that Krall asked him to prolong his efforts. But the clever segue into Isn’t It Romantic was such that it left Krall momentarily and disarmingly at sea. “How does the song go, I forget?” she cracked. “Is that the right key?” A few bars later, she had fully recovered, casting a dreamy spell on the slow song.

Listeners who came to hear in-the-tradition, swinging jazz were well-served with sturdy, well-explored versions of Deed I Do, L-O-V-E, East Of The Sun, Blue Skies, On The Sunny Side of the Street, I Don’t Know Enough About You.

For jazz aficionados, there were cues from Krall that for all her millions of albums sold to crossover fans, she was still one of them. She enjoyed slipping in wry quotes of other songs in her piano solos, from a Charlie Parker blues head to Ding Dong Merrily On High. Her arrangement ofBlue Skies liberally cited jazz piano icon Thelonious Monk’s In Walked Bud, with which it shares a chord progression. While announcing, Krall gave a shout out to a photo of Count Basie that’s backstage at the NAC.

Jazz-wise, the big test of a night, given its tempo alone, was a light-speed rendition of Just You, Just Me. Bassist Robert Hurst cruised through a wily, walking solo. Violinist Stuart Duncan, who soloed a little more sparingly, pulled out the stops on that tune, which was one of his two star turns.

The other came in the band’s epic run through Tom Waits’ Temptation, which also featured an enthralling Wilson solo on solid-body guitar and a powerful solo by drummer Karriem Riggins, during which his bandmates encouraged the audience to spur him on with some well-placed handclaps.

Drummer Karriem Riggins at Diana Krall’s Dec. 1/17 concert at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa DAN NAWROCKI

Of course, Krall was not to be overshadowed by her massively talented bandmates. In the middle of her concert, her solo medley of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You and River was riveting. It was clear that Krall was digging deep artistically, finding new and personal ways to sing and play those pieces for which the bar is very, very high.

She was just as strong at the end of the night, when the generous encore (which had begun with a lightly funkified version of The Look Of Love) finished with the one-two punch of Bob Dylan’s The Dream of You and Krall’s own composition Departure Bay, an autobiographical ode that nods poignantly to the part of Vancouver Island where she is from and to the life Krall led before she became a global celebrity.

For all the restaurants and dinner parties that have used Krall’s albums as background music, and after a long set with much that was breezy, upbeat and entertaining, the concert’s last two songs made clear that Krall’s a formidable artist too.

domingo, 3 de diciembre de 2017

sábado, 2 de diciembre de 2017

Article: "DIANA KRALL Turns Up The Quiet At The National Arts Centre"

The legendary Canadian jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall made a stop in Ottawa on her Turn up the Quiet 2017-18 world tour. Her new album, of the same name, celebrates jazz and the great american songbook and this tour is providing fans with the opportunity to sing along to some of her sultry versions of classics such as L-O-V-E and Isn’t it Romantic.

The almost sold out Southam Hall was electric last night. Krall’s brand of entertainment seemed particularly fitting for such a grand venue in our nation’s capital city and as soon as the lights dimmed you could have heard a pin drop. This audience was mature and seemed genuinely appreciative of the opportunity to take in a such an anticipated performance.

Ten minutes after the announced show time, Krall’s band walked on stage and picked up their instruments and the anticipation built until Krall herself sauntered into the spotlight in a gorgeous glittery floor length gown. Her dress, her quiet demeanor, the set, and the overall atmosphere was sophisticated and moving.

Once took her place at the piano we were immediately reminded of why this Nanaimo B.C. native is a multi Grammy and Juno award winning artist and the only artist to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz albums chart. Not just a pretty face, Krall and her talented musical entourage thoroughly entertained her fans for the next two hours alternating between solo interludes, toe tapping covers, and new material from the album.

She seemed a bit outside of her comfort zone in between songs while speaking to the audience about her experiences at the National Arts Centre and being surrounded by photos of the great artists who have graced that stage. It was apparent that she preferred performing to talking and was more able to convey her emotions through her music.

Krall’s Turn up the Quiet tour continues with one more night at the National Arts Centre before heading to the west coast. Be sure to catch her in Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver if you can still find a ticket.


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viernes, 1 de diciembre de 2017

Article: "Diana Krall @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal . 29th November 2017 (

Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall stopped by Place Des Arts this evening for the first of two almost-sold out shows at the stunning Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. The multi-Grammy & Juno Award-winning vocalist is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums and she continues to draw healthy crowds wherever she plays. Tonight’s concert will clearly demonstrate why she’s such an admired musician and vocalist.

As the lights go down inside the theatre around ten minutes after the advertised start time of 8pm, four musicians find their spots onstage in the shadows before a single spotlight welcomes Diana Krall onto the stage. She pauses to greet her audience and quickly takes her place at her piano, where she’ll remain for the next 2 hours. She’s accompanied onstage by some of the most talented people I’ve ever witnessed on one stage at the same time, and each musician is given plenty of room to showcase their talents throughout the evening’s proceedings, with her cultured guitarist, Anthony Wilson, getting the first extended solo during opener ‘Deed I Do.

This tour is named Turn Up The Quiet, the name of Krall’s latest release, so it’s no surprise to hear a few numbers from that album tonight. L-O-V-E is the first up, with its breezy saunter and another outing for Wilson’s guitar skills. Introducing her version of Blue Skies she says “This is about love” before adding, “That’s what we’re doing here, right?”. Indeed, there’s little lyrically that diverts from that everlasting theme. Her cover of Tom Waits’ Temptation is simply gorgeous, and probably the first song that I heard Krall cover. Tonight it sounds sublime, with bassist Robert Hurst particularly shining on this reworked and elongated interpretation. Violinist Stuart Duncan also grabs his time in the limelight, turning his instrument around like a guitar and plucking a solo before returning to his bow. I’ve never witnessed a violinist so creative and it’s a joy to behold.

Almost every song is accompanied by a unique backdrop but otherwise the set remains fairly constant. Krall pays regular homage to her idols. Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You sounds like it was written just for her, especially with the Canada references, and as she sings “If you want me I’ll be in the bar” it’s a more subdued moment where Krall’s appeal becomes apparent. That voice. Her natural ability behind the piano. And a knack for choosing songs that resonate. It’s hard to think of any artist who seems so perfectly fit for the role. The only time she seems out of her comfort zone is when she attempts to fill between-song time with a little banter. It’s mostly limited to “Merci beaucoup” or “That was a song by…”, and when she does get more conversational, it often stalls as she looks at her bandmates to save her.

“This is a song by Peggy Lee” she says by way of introducing “I Don’t Know Enough About You”. “I never got the chance to hear her sing it in person”. Anthony Wilson is once again given space to show his skills, followed by the rest of the musicians, with drummer Karriem Riggins receiving a huge cheer of appreciation from the audience.

“It’s very emotional for me being in Montreal” claims Krall. “It’s very dear to me”. She tells us that she’s thinking about planning a family vacation to the city during Jazzfest. It’s difficult to imagine her and her family blending in without being noticed by the Jazzfest crowds. Particularly when her husband happens to be a certain Elvis Costello.

There’s a real treat for us when she returns for her first encore as she unfurls a haunting rendition of Bob Dylan’s This Dream of You. It’s a true highlight of tonight’ set. East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) follows before proceedings finally conclude with her sultry version of Sway, the song made famous by Dean Martin over 60 years ago, which is accompanied by a vintage dance clip of George Raft and Carole Lombard dancing.

There’s no denying the talent on stage tonight. It was a real treat just to be in a room with these gifted musicians. All that was lacking was a little more showmanship.

Diana Krall plays her second show at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on Thursday night, November 30th.


‘Deed I Do
(Fred Rose cover)
Isn’t It Romantic
Night and Day
(Cole Porter cover)
Blue Skies
(Irving Berlin cover)
On the Sunny Side of the Street
(Jimmy McHugh cover)
A Case of You
(Joni Mitchell cover)
Quiet Nights
I Don’t Know Enough About You
(Peggy Lee cover)
Just You, Just Me
(Jesse Greer cover)

This Dream Of You
(Bob Dylan cover)
East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
(Brooks Bowman cover)

Review & photos – Steve Gerrard