viernes, 29 de mayo de 2015

Concert: DIANA KRALL - May26 2015 - London, ON RBC Theatre at Budweiser Gardens

By James Reaney, The London Free Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 

Swinging or sultry, Diana Krall enthralls at Budweiser Gardens

Photo: MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press

Maybe they should have Diana Krall drop by every time it rains a little in downtown London.

With 1,950 fans at the RBC Theatre at Budweiser Gardens applauding her sultry ballads and pop tunes backed by her band and the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Canadian jazz and pop star responded to Tuesday’s downpour with witty commentary from her piano.

“I’ll be here all night,” Krall said to cheers as she finished a little of Stormy Weather with a flourish at the piano before going into a two-song encore.

Earlier, in the main set, Krall had saluted the storm, which drummed audibly on the downtown arena roof, with an extended stride piano visit to Pennies From Heaven.

That time, Krall got rumbling so furiously at the keyboard, she found a note or chord that didn’t agree with her and said a bad word before she started to sing Just You, Just Me as her band joined in. That tune had fine solos from violinist Stuart Duncan, who was stellar all night, and drummer Karriem Riggins, who pretty much stayed away from his cymbals. Maybe Riggins didn’t want to add to the sense of splash.

The Nanaimo, B.C.-raised star signed off with a two-song encore. Departure Bay was the personal choice, about Krall’s growing up complete with what looked to be family images on the big screen behind her.

The finale was Quiet Nights, one of her biggest hits from Brazil, with the orchestra adding lush support.

Krall is touring to support her recent album Wallflower, a collection of pop songs with a Bob Dylan title tune.

That didn’t keep Krall from romancing such icons of much earlier decades, such as 1920s’ trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke and French-based jazz aces Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, who came to the fore in the 1930s.

Krall’s guitarist, Anthony Wilson, played Reinhardt on some tunes to Duncan’s Grappelli when Krall wanted an intimate arrangement to evoke that duo’s guitar-violin vibe.

She also has an orchestra to back her as needed.

“We’ve been playing together since 2009. So we’re a band up here,” Krall said of the players from the Hamilton Philharmonic who joined her touring band.

The crowd applauded the orchestral endorsement and Krall’s somewhat nervous chatter about the famous arrangers whose work the Hamilton orchestra, conducted by Chris Walden, was channelling.

“I used to listen to their music on records. You get to hear it live. I don’t even need to be here,” Krall said saluting such arrangers as Claus Ogerman and Johnny Mandel. “I don’t even have to be here … but I’m glad I am.”

Krall introduced her excellent band — bassist Crouch, who took several strong solos, Riggins , keyboard player Patrick Warren, Wilson and Duncan — early in the night.

Tuesday’s concert showed Krall’s range as she moved back and forth from small band to full orchestral treatments. Vocal and piano stars who visit pop’s California Dreamin’, jazz such as Let’s Fall In Love and a Western swing-styled I’m A Little Mixed Up will always be in short supply.

Walden contributed a lovely arrangement of Wallflower and a gesture at the arena ceiling as if he were trying to still the rain.

Krall and the players had battled the arena’s mechanical systems which kept up a steady hiss through the quiet moments early on. The hiss was drowned out by the rain.

The star asked first if the noise might be the Zamboni and then if it were the rain. “I’m from British Columbia. I feel at home,” Krall said.


Concert: DIANA KRALL - Massey Hall in Toronto - 22.05.2015

Photos: Diana Krall @ Massey Hall

Photos by: Julian Avram

Grammy Award and Juno Award-winning jazz pianist and singer-songwriter Diana Krall, who released her twelfth album, Wallflower, on February 3rd, 2015 via Verve, which was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster (Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, Céline Dion, Jennifer Lopez), performed at Massey Hall in Toronto last night.

lunes, 25 de mayo de 2015

Photos: Concert DIANA KRALL - Hamilton Place – May 24th 2015

PostedMay 26, 2015 by Wally Graves

jueves, 21 de mayo de 2015

Concert - Article: DIANA KRALL - Winnipeg - 19.05.2015

Krall croons entertaining history lesson at concert hall

By: Alan Small
Posted: 05/19/2015 11:17 PM

Diana Krall performs at the Centennial Concert Hall Tuesday night.
John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

History lessons are never supposed to be this entertaining.

Diana Krall was the evening's instructor — when she wasn't being the singer/pianist/bandleader/raconteur at the Centennial Concert Hall on Tuesday night.


Diana Krall performs at the Centennial Concert Hall Tuesday. Photo Store

What a journey through the 20th century — not to mention her early years at the keyboard — Krall provided. The Nanaimo, B.C., singer, with help from her cracker-jack five-piece band, was the tour guide on a whistle-stop trip from the early days of jazz, through the war years all the way to the the folk and rock 'n' roll eras of the 1960s and '70s.

Krall kicked the show off with We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye, from her 2012 album Glad Rag Doll, before talk and tunes about the weather took over. Krall and her group arrived in Winnipeg Monday in the midst of May's freak snowstorm, reminding her of her previous visit to the city, during the cold heart of a usual Prairie winter.

"We got here just before they closed the freeway," she recalled.

But Tuesday brought spring back to Winnipeg, and songs of spring emanated from her piano. Songs such as Just Like a Butterfly Caught in the Rain and the sad, slow blues Let it Rain.

The former had some cool guitar and violin interplay by Anthony Wilson and Stuart Duncan that were reminiscent of 1940s jazz sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Krall and company bounced back and forth through the decades the rest of the way, playing jazz standards like Fats Waller's I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter to go along with folk-rock hits like the Mamas & the Papas' California Dreamin', Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind and Jim Croce's Operator.

The group, which also included bassist Dennis Crouch, drummer Karriem Riggins and organist Patrick Warren, showed off their ability on Temptation, a 1987 Tom Waits genre-busting number that was played with surreal flair.

While her group was outstanding, Krall was no slouch either, playing a handful of tunes solo. She reminisced about her teenage years playing in a lounge called the NHL in Nanaimo that was owned by former hockey referee Lloyd Gilmour, where she could play whatever she wanted, as long as the customers asked for it. So Tuesday night she took requests, and playedAs Time Goes By, Let's Face the Music and Dance and one of her standards, Peel Me a Grape.

Later, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and I'm a Little Mixed Up brought the crowd to their feet for a standing ovation. Before the encore Krall kept alluding to a Bob Dylan song throughout the evening, and eventually played Wallflower, the title track from her new album, after a short break. Duncan's bluegrass fiddle proved to be a nice match with Krall's breathy jazz vocals, blurring the lines between musical genres once again.

Shortly thereafter the lesson was over, but the audience appeared ready to listen to some Diana Krall homework after the show.
Twitter: @AlanDSmall

martes, 19 de mayo de 2015

Article: DIANA KRALL - Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on May 11, 2015.

Article & Photos: DIANA KRALL - Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton May 11, 2015.

Diana Krall compartió un enlace.

“I still feel like I’m 15 years old playing in the band jazz fest,” said Diana Krall midway through her 90-minute Monday concert at the Northern Alberta Jubilee...

Photo: DIANA KRALL - Facebook - 17.05.2015

17 de mayo a las 13:00 · 

Loved seeing my Aunt Ella in Calgary. Feels Like Home!!
Me encanto ver a mi tía ella en calgary. Se siente como en casa!!
Foto de Diana Krall.

lunes, 18 de mayo de 2015

Photo: Concert DIANA KRALL - Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre - 17.05.2015

Photo: Week's Best (May 17)

Check out the best images from the past seven days shot by the Leader-Post photographers.

Diana Krall performs at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina on Sunday May 17, 2015. Krall is currently on a world tour promoting her album Wallflower.

Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post

sábado, 9 de mayo de 2015


Me and Willie at Capitol to record "If I Had You"…
Me y willie en capitol para grabar "si yo te tuviera"...

Foto de Diana Krall.