Thu, Jul 25, 2013Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
Returning to her stomping grounds for one night only, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes the “new first lady of jazz,” Grammy award-winning pianist and vocalist, Diane Schuur and her band!
Eclectic as she is brilliant, Schuur is a longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s. She’s built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and ‘60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur’s music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.
On her most recent studio CD, The Gathering (2011), Deedles, as she’s fondly known to both friends and fans, turns a corner into a brand new lane, infusing her jazz sensibilities into ten country-brewed tunes from such seminal songwriters as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Hank Cochran, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller and others. Even as she explores her country roots, Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur inspires rave reviews across the globe as the new first lady of jazz. She swings with heartfelt intensity.
A Tacoma native, Diane was blind from birth and armed with the gift of perfect pitch, the talented and effervescent singer has earned the admiration of many of jazz’s greatest musicians. ‘Diane’s got a great ear,” saxophonist David Sanborn told Mary Huzinec in People. “She’s a natural singer with an easy way of phrasing, in the tradition of the great song interpreters.” Fellow saxophone master Stan Getz concurred. “She can sing almost any style, from scat to country ballads that can tear your heart out,” he told Huzinec. “In my opinion, Diane’s got all the equipment to be one of the greats. She’s the logical successor to Ella and Sarah.”
“The warm and fuzzy baritone of Steve Tyrell can always be counted on to add the right romantic touch to an evening of songs.” International Review of Music
Greg Adams is the driving force behind East Bay Soul. The expansive ensemble is a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul, playing for over forty years.
"The relaxed charisma of Mr. James’ tone is one reason his approach works.... another reason is his sturdy sense of phrase. Like Grover Washington, Jr., a pioneer in this field, he sounds at ease but alert, and he’s capable of striking an imploring tone without an overdose of saccharine.” - New York Times