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Article: Diana Krall sizzles at Hanover anniversary show

Diana Krall sizzles at Hanover anniversary show

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Diana Krall, performing Wednesday at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.


WORCESTER — The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts at 2 Southbridge Street celebrated its fifth anniversary Wednesday night with a dynamic performance by jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall, who has just launched a spring tour in support of "Glad Rag Doll," her latest recording on the Verve label. The show has already received rave reviews on its Canadian and European tours and should garner kudos as it travels around the United States this spring and fall.

The semi-autobiographical show is a departure of sorts for Krall, who is perhaps best known as a Grammy Award-winning jazz singer and pianist who has a winning way with The Great American Songbook. Now approaching the age of 50, she grew up in Nainomo, a small town on Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia, where her closely knit family enjoyed listening to old records, playing the piano, singing and watching old movies.

Krall was gigging as a jazz pianist by the age of 15. She studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston for several years, but her real break came when jazz bassist Ray Brown suggested she move to Los Angeles to soak up the jazz scene there. She studied with jazz pianist Jimmy Rowles, who suggested that she throw in a few vocals to get more work. Fast-forward to the present, where the singer-pianist is one of the top-selling jazz artists on the planet.

Wearing a black waistcoat over a white smock and sporting black leather leggings and black leather boots, the statuesque blonde and her band (guitarist Aram Bajakian — a Worcester native, by the way; guitarist and violinist Stuart Duncan; keyboardist Patrick Warren; drummer Karriem Riggins; and bassist Dennis Crouch) took to a stage decorated by designers Colleen Atwood and Mark Seliger, who festooned the Hanover's burgundy drapes with lights representing the sun, the moon, and the stars.

"When the Curtain Comes Down," a video from the "Glad Rag Doll" album, played on the Hanover's big screen and brought the audience of more than 1,700 Krall buffs back to the roaring '20s, when the jazz was hot, vaudeville was king, and the flappers in Flo Ziegfeld's Follies danced The Charleston while sipping bathtub gin.

Krall then lit into "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye" with some romping stride piano and a brassy vocal before moving effortlessly to "There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears," a novelty song that the singer transformed into a belting blues. "You Know — I Know Everything's Made for Love" was in a similar jaunty vein and featured a hot ukulele solo from Duncan and some exceptional guitar improvisation from Bajakian.

Krall was more somber on "Just Like A Butterfly That's Caught in the Rain," which featured big screen footage of a butterfly woman, and on Gene Austin's "Let It Rain," which compared the rain to "an angel's tears from heaven" and was dedicated by the singer to the city of Boston and its current troubles.

Krall took a more contemporary turn by venturing into Tom Waits territory twice, first on a no-holds-barred version of "Temptation" and later on a gritty take of "The Heart of Saturday Night." She also excelled on breathy and contemplative version of "Almost Blue," which was penned by pop star Elvis Costello, Krall's husband of the last decade or so. The couple is raising twin boys "who like their father's music better than mine," the singer quipped.

Ms. Krall went back to the Roaring '20s for "Glad Rag Doll," which featured photographs of Alfred Cheney Johnston's portraits of 1920s Ziegfeld Follies girls on the Hanover's big screen."Glad rags" was 1920s slang for a woman's best finery. She was also in fine fettle for a "street song' medley that went from "On the Sunny Side of the Street" to "Lonely Avenue," a doleful ballad penned by Doc Pomus in the 1950s for Ray Charles, to "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," which Krall sang soulfully in the style of Nat King Cole, an acknowledged influence. A nice touch: The big screen featured George Raft and Carole Lombard dancing the tango on "Boulevard."

The singer-pianist stayed in the Nat King Cole groove for a fast version of "Just You, Just Me" and then earned a standing ovation for her work on "I'm A Little Mixed Up," another bluesy 1920s riffer from the new recording.

Krall was at her best on her encore, "Prairie Lullaby," Billy Hill's lilting song. "I sing this to the twins," she said. "They don't fall asleep to it, but it makes them happy." The singer's beautifully wrought vocal on this song, most notably sung by Jimmie Rodgers, even featured some yodeling.

"Glad Rag Doll" album has been nominated for a 2013 Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy, in the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year category, a fact that underscores the Hanover's mission: To bring world-class performing artists to the venue. May the Hanover celebrate many more anniversaries after this fifth one.

Photos: DIANA KRALL concert in The Memorial Sloan Kettering Spring Ball

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Spring Ball

Posted by Pilar Rossi in Parties

Monday evening an elegant crowd made their way toward an ancient Egyptian temple. The occasion was the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s annual Spring Ball, and the setting was the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur.

The Harry Winston-sponsored soiree celebrated its sixth anniversary – noticed the initials on the candlelit main staircase. The votives spelled out “H” and “W.”

After finishing their cocktails in the lobby, guests were ushered into the temple to worship at the altar of petite filet mignon and Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux Blanc as Diana Krall performed.

In all, the evening raised $1.5 million for the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s kidney cancer initiative.

Magnificent view of the party at the Temple of Dendur

Photos: Diana Krall preforms at the Beacon Theatre in New York City; April 19, 2013



Beacon Theatre, New York (NY), April 19, 2013

by narrowdaylight on 01 May 2013, 17:22
Info from Dime:

Diana Krall
The Beacon Theatre
New York City NY
April 19, 2013

source: AT831 (SP-CMC-2) > SP-SPSB-6 > Sony PCM M-10 (24bit)
lineage: USB > Mac > flac (Audacity) > web

taper: inez
location: orchestra center-left, row L
editing: blg (raised volume, de-clap, resample/dither to 16/44)

BEAUTIFUL SHOW. And while I really wanted to hear 'Almost Blue', there were glorious Tom Waits and Neil Young and even Bob Dylan songs that I did not expect at all!

This is my first run of this new recorder. Hope you like it! It was a bit stressful as in light of tragic events in Boston, there was a lot of security and searches at the entrance… Atypical for The Beacon. Also, my god, they were obsessive about 'no cameras' and I almost got in trouble (you can hear it in one spot - I'm not gonna say when )

I had to do some research to fill in names of composers of some songs - there could be mistakes, so please DO let me know :-)

Track list

01. Instrumental
02. When The Curtain Comes Down (Hoefle/Lewis/Sherman)
03. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye (Woods)
04. Talk
05. There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears (Fisher)
06. Band Introductions - talk
07. Just Like A Butterfly That's Caught In The Rain (Dixon/Woods)
08. Talk - ukulele
09. You Know - I Know, Everything's Made For Love (Sherman/Tobias/Johnson)
10. Talk - staying together when times are difficult
11. Let It Rain (Kendis/Dyson)
12. Temptation > Innocent When You Dream > Temptation (Tom Waits cover)
13. Talk
14. Glad Rag Doll (Ager/Dougherty/Yellen)
15. Talk - piano
16. Ain't Misbehavin' (F Waller, H Brooks and A Razaf)
17. Your Feet's Too Big (F Waller)
18. Talk - 4th grade
19. A Man Needs A Maid > Heart Of Gold (Neil Young cover)
20. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (FE Ahlert and J Young)
21. Wide River To Cross (Miller/Miller)
22. Sunny Side of The Street (J McHugh and D Fields)
23. Lonely Avenue (Pomus)
24. Just You, Just Me (J Greer and R Klages)
25. The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (H Warren and A Dubin)
26. Applause & Band Introductions
27. I'm A Little Mixed Up (James/Johnson)
28. Encore Break - Talk
29. Take It With Me (Tom Waits Cover)
30. Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan Cover)
31. Talk
32. Prairie Lullaby (Hill)
33. Outro

Total Time: 118:32

Diana Krall - piano, vocals
Dennis Crouch - upright bass
Kareem Riggins - drums
Patrick Warren - keyboards
Stewart Duncan - fiddle, ukelele, banjo
Marc Ribot - electric & acoustic guitars

Please support the artist, buy official releases and see her shows!
Enjoy :-)



Concert: Diana Krall - UB Center for the Arts, Amherst, New York Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Diana Krall @ UB Center for the Arts, Amherst, New York
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
By: Gus Griesinger

On tour in support of her latest offering "Glad Rag Doll," released last October, Diana Krall played to a sold out crowd at the Center for the Arts at the the University of Buffalo last Tuesday night. The theme for her tour/show, was based around vaudeville and the roaring 20s. Her stage was designed around this and images and video were shown depicting this theme throughout the show.

A video of actor Steve Buscemi parading around gave a nice introduction into "When the Curtain Comes Down." The five time Grammy winner, Krall, took the stage and went into the first cut from "Glad Rag Doll" called "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye." Before "Let it Rain," Krall explained to the audience her love of 20's music and everything that had to do with that time. An image of her great-great aunt playing a piano during vaudeville was shown right before the title cut to her latest album.

Krall, who played on the Paul McCartney song "I'm Going to Sit Down and Write Myself a Letter" on his album last year, she did the song in her set and it sounded wonderful! She also told a story of her first audition at 15 years old and played a little bit of that audition. Showing her Canadian heritage, she played a melody of the original "Hockey Night in Canada" theme song.

Krall enjoyed a solo spotlight without her band for a few songs. During this time, she played a covers of Fats Waller's "Your Feet's Too Big" and the Nat King Cole's "Just You, Just Me." A banjo was brought out and used by one of her guitar players on "Lonely Avenue."

Krall's sultry and sexy voice still resonates more than ever and it showed during her performance. She also really connects on personal level with her audience as well and both of those qualities are why she is one of the most respected jazz musicians out on tour today.

Set List:

When the Curtain Comes Down
We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
Ain't No Sweet Man that's Worth the Salt of my Tears
Just Like a Butterfly that's Caught in the Rain
You Know - Everything Made for Love
Let it Rain
Peel Me a Grape
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Your Feets Too Big (Fats Waller cover)
Glad Rag Doll
I'm Going to Sit Down and Write Myself a Letter
Wide River to Cross
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Lonely Avenue
Just You, Just Me (Nat King Cole cover)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
I'm a Little Mixed Up
Prairie Lullaby


DIANA KRALL: Photo, promo concert 2013

11.07.2013 - 20:00  - FESTSPIELHAUS BADEN-BADEN

DIANA KRALL CONCERT: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, April 13, 2013

04/16/13 By Karen Brundage-Johnson
Diana Krall - Glad Rag Doll Tour

With the Borgata Event Center stage set to date back to the days of vaudeville, Diana Krall’s “Glad Rag Doll” tour included a mix of jazz and blues tunes from the roaring '20s and '30s. The stage was decorated with a gramophone, upright player piano and giant crescent-shaped moons. A continuous video of movie clips, and Krall family photos were also a part of the backdrop. The quintet featured Aram Bajakian on guitar, Dennis Crouch on bass, Stuart Duncan on fiddle/guitars, Karriem Riggins on drums and Patrick Warren on keyboards.

The opening video featured Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson and the tune “When the Curtin Comes Down.” Halfway through the video, Krall and her quintet arrived to sing and play along with the Buscemi video. Interestingly, the setting could have resembled the famous speakeasy known as Babette’s once in Atlantic City. Krall sang tunes from the ‘Glad Rag’ collection; including “We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye”, Just Like A Butterfly Caught in the Rain” and There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth the Salt of My Tears”.

Between songs Krall chatted with the audience about how glad she was that it is finally Springtime. Then she continued the performance with up tempo tunes “The Sunny Side of the Street,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “I’m A Little Mixed Up.”

Krall moved from the baby grand to the upright piano for a solo set taking requests from the audience including her popular “Peel Me A Grape,” “Frim Fram Sauce”, a Nat King Cole original and “Glad Rag Doll”, Krall’s tribute to the Ziegfeld Follies girls. She continued playing her favorites including Nat King Cole’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and some Bob Dylan and Tom Waits tunes.

Diana Krall delivered a night of great music, backed by a versatile and talented quintet with songs that ranged from being heartbreaking to whimsical.

More images from the event are in Ben Johnson's photo gallery



Diana Krall performing her Glad Rag Doll
concert at The Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City New Jersey on April 13, 2013.

Ben Johnson