Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Diane Schuur to Perform for South Florida JAZZ May 10, 2014

Diane Schuur
With Love to Stan Getz & Frank Sinatra

Saturday, May 10, 2014 ~ 8pm

South Florida JAZZ presents jazz vocal legend, DIANE SCHUUR. With her all-star band, Ms. Schuur is making a rare South Florida appearance as she introduces music from her soon-to-be-released album recorded as a tribute to her principal mentors Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra.

SouthFlorida JAZZ, South Florida's premier modern jazz organization is thrilled to present The Diane Schuur Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00 PM. This concert will take place at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd, Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 ($15 for students) and can be purchased from the Broward Center box office by calling 954.462.0222, option #4 in Broward; or online at southfloridajazz.org.

"Diane Schuur's voice is beautiful. She has a vocal range that can deliver low, laments and high crooning wails with equal effectiveness."   -  College Music Journal

Long-regarded as an artist who has seemingly walked a tightrope between jazz and pop, singer Diane Schuur makes no apologies for her unwavering commitment to the jazz tradition and its firm control on her artistic sensibilities despite forays into other genres. After all, she is still a hard-core disciple of the legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, but most particularly Dinah Washington, who was her earliest influence.

Born and raised in the state of Washington, Ms. Schuur was blinded by circumstances of her premature birth, a recognized complication of neonatal care in the mid-20th century. Nicknamed “Deedles” as a child, Ms. Schuur discovered jazz very early via her pianist father and immersion in the family’s formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington records. Blessed with perfect pitch, she sang every early and also taught herself to play the piano. Those significant skills were honed over two years spent at the Washington State School for the Blind, making her career decision at an early age quite instinctual. She was, in fact, performing publicly by age ten.

By her late teens, Diane was getting opportunities to play with and for major figures in the jazz world, including a pivotal performance at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival that served as an introduction to Stan Getz, which led to a White House appearance and a GRP recording contract. With her career then officially launched, she garnered five Grammy® nominations and two Grammy® Awards including one for Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra. Ms. Schuur has a newly recorded homage to two of her most important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. It is titled I Remember You - With Love to Stan and Frank. This concert will feature repertoire from the CD formally to be released in June, but available to concertgoers on May 10th. It commemorates her "official" discovery 35 years ago by Stan Getz, as mentioned above. The recording and concert feature all new arrangements by her pianist and musical director, Alan Broadbent, leading an all-star band.

Diane Schuur – vocals
Alan Broadbent – piano
Joel Frahm – saxophones
Roni Ben-Hur – guitar
Ben Wolfe - double bass
Donald Edwards - drums

South Florida JAZZ, in its 22nd year, as the principal purveyors of modern jazz in the region since 1992, formally announces its new season schedule. All eight performances will be held at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd on the Nova Southeastern University campus in Davie. The focus of the organization remains steadfastly on presenting artists of national and international repute under the aegis of Artistic Director Ron Weber and the world-acclaimed vibraphonist/educator Gary Burton, Artistic Advisor, who believe this lineup is potentially the strongest in the organization’s history.

Tickets to all concerts can be purchased from the Broward Center box office at 954-462-0222; toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, online at southfloridajazz.org or browardcenter.org.
Tickets: $40; students $15; $300 eight-concert subscription
All seating is reserved
Free parking courtesy of South Florida JAZZ

2014 Concerts

Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, who comes from the Ray Brown tradition, is a chameleonic virtuoso both of the acoustic and electric bass, stands tall among his peers, doing things that never have been done on the instrument before. His trio that features emerging stars, pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr, is dazzling!

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council

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