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Overview (3)

Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Birth NameDiana Jean Krall
Height 5' 7¼" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Diana Jean Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, to Adella A. (Wende), an elementary school teacher, and Stephen James Krall, an accountant. She has Czech, German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Krall was raised in Nanaimo, a small community on Vancouver Island, where she began performing professionally at age 15 as a jazz pianist. In 1981, Diana won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston and, after a year and a half of serious study, she returned to British Columbia. Renowned bassist Ray Brown heard her playing one night in Nanaimo and convinced Diana to move to Los Angeles where she obtained a Canadian Arts Council grant to study with Jimmy Rowles. Jimmy encouraged Diana to explore her vocals to supplement her already blossoming piano skills. With several successful CDs to her credit, Diana has won numerous awards including Canada's Juno Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album (2000) and a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance (2000). She received the Order of British Columbia in 2000 for being a good-will ambassador for British Columbia and epitomizing Canadian culture. The greatest talent in the jazz field to come along in a generation, she frequently acknowledges her roots in Nanaimo where she began. She epitomizes Canadian culture and is an outstanding citizen and good-will ambassador for British Columbia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: arthur-23 <arthur100@iname.com>

Spouse (1)

Elvis Costello (6 December 2003 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (12)

Named one of People Magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of 2001".
Mother was an elementary school librarian.
May 2003 - announced engagement to singer Elvis Costello.
Won the Grammy for "Jazz Vocal Album Of The Year" in 1999. Album title was "When I Look Into Your Eyes."
February 2003 - "Live In Paris" wins her a Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
November 12, 2003: she received honorary PhD of Fine Arts of the University of Victoria, B.C. (Canada).
Before her international breakthrough, at the age of 24, she entertained at a hotel bar in Sandvika, outside Oslo, Norway. Because of this she has said: "As soon as someone speaks Norwegian, I feel very comfortable."
Has twin sons, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, born December 6, 2006, with husband Elvis Costello.
Daughter-in-law of Ross MacManus.
Is related to Jamie Chisholm.
She was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on June 25, 2005 for her services to music and charities.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [June 2005]

Personal Quotes (9)

I love everything about her: her elegance, her wit. And she is one of the greatest influences in what I do as an artist. (on her idol Peggy Lee)
[on Tony Bennett] We have continual arguments about whether rock 'n' roll swings, which of course it absolutely does. I have a different view of the Great American Songbook than Tony. It has Willie Dixon and Hank Williams in it. But I totally respect that for Tonty it begins and ends when it does. Depending on where you started from, certain kinds of music must seem horrifying.
[on her family] They were really poor - they're coal miners - but they had a piano, so everybody played and I think my dad started taking some of the collection money on the way to church and buying 78s. That music was what they listened to, and people came over because they couldn't afford to go out. Everyone came to their house and brought bottles - whatever they had. I have tapes of it too, recordings of all of us singing together.
I was looking at all the pictures of the Ziegfeld Follies and [thinking about] how a lot of those girls perished, really. That's why I didn't want to do this kind of flapper, get-your-ukelele-thing, because there's a darkness to it, a tragic element.
We all want to be astronauts or rock stars when we grow up, right? I mean, I always wanted to be an astronaut. My Confirmation day was spent building a rocket. I built it out of the kit and read 'Carrying the Fire'. I had a chance to meet Neil Armstrong and his family on the fortieth anniversary of the moon landing.
[on her 2013 North American tour] The new show is vaudeville theatre. I've played a lot of vaudeville theaters in my day, a lot of gin joints, and I love that feeling. I like the feeling that the band is in a film, like some distant memory of the silver screen. I like the idea that concert begins, and it's like putting needle to wax. The music doesn't need the visuals, the music's strong enough on it's own, but this is something I've been cooking up my whole life.
I know from the first bars how the night will go. It's like a dinner party. You know how sometimes you throw seven people at a table and they can't find common ground. And other times, people sit down immediately and it's like they've known each other for a million years? That's how it feels when it's good.
You want the audience to feel as good as you do. I want everyone with me, not away from me. My job is to make everybody feel something: feel good or feel a groove, feel a ballad and sadness or else feel elation. It's not them watching you tell them about your emotional journey. You're trying to help them find theirs. I'm the one to take them to that place.
[on her version of 'I've Got You Under My Skin'] I slowed it down and made it into a boss a nova. I find it made the song really sad. That's kind of what I do. Take something really happy and make it miserable in the best way.

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