Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall
came on stage in a black dress wearing bright shiny pink stiletto heels. Heinz Hall was a sell out for the one-hour and forty-five minute show which began and ended with a Peggy Lee song. The large stage was framed by vertical curtains that were lit to enhance the jazzy mood provided by guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Jeff Hamilton.
Beginning with the first song, each musician was given many moments to shine and the crowd responded graciously each time with applause. Krall interpreted tunes by Frank Sinatra, Sérgio Mendes, Burt Bacharach, Oscar Peterson, Louis Armstrong and Irving Berlin. Songs from the 1930's, the title track from her latest CD "Quiet Nights" and a song she would sing for astronauts were all part of the line-up. As Krall was growing up in Vancouver, she was listening to jazz standards on the gramophone at home and listening to her future husband, Elvis Costello
, on the radio. Their 2-1/2 year old twin sons are accompanying mom on the bus during this tour.
Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host