Diane Schuur, vocals
Alan Broadbent, musical director, piano, arranger
Ben Wolfe, bass
Ulysses Owens Jr., drums
Joel Frahm, saxophones
Romero Lubambo, guitar
Vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the '40s and '50s, she has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents' generation, but also the pop music of her own youth in the '50s 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.
Blind from birth, Schuur was still a toddler when she learned to sing the Dinah Washington signature song, "What a Difference a Day Makes." Armed with the rare gift of perfect pitch, she taught herself piano by ear and developed a rich, resonant vocal style early on. In 1975, an informal audition with trumpeter Doc Severinson (then the leader of the Tonight Show band) led to a gig with Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy's group at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Tenor saxophone titan Stan Getz was in the audience, and he invited her to participate in a talent showcase at the White House. A subsequent return performance at the White House led to a record deal with GRP, which released Schuur's debut album, Deedles, in 1984.
Over the next 13 years, Schuur recorded 11 albums on GRP, including two Grammy winners: Timeless (1986) and Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra (1987). The recording with the Basie Orchestra spent 33 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. Schuur joined the Concord label in 2000 with the release of Friends for Schuur. The move to Concord marked the beginning of a series of highly successful collaborative projects, including albums with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, singer Barry Manilow, and the Caribbean Jazz Project.
Among Schuur's latest releases are The Gathering (2011) and Diane Schuur Live (2012). Although the live recording epitomizes the style fans have come to know and love from this unforgettable artist, The Gathering marks a new chapter in her musical life. A collection of 10 classic songs from the country music canon, the project casts Schuur's talent – one that has always walked a tightrope between jazz and pop – in a whole new light.
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