Magazine article Newsweek

She's an Errand Girl for Rhythm

Magazine article Newsweek

She's an Errand Girl for Rhythm

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DIANA KRALL IS SITTING at the piano in the Village Vanguard in New York City. She's swinging through a rendition of"Peel Me a Grape," an old Blossom Dearie song. "Best way to cheer me, cashmere me... New Thunderbird me, you heard me," she coos, in a husky voice reminiscent of Peggy Lee. Then, turning to give the standing-room-only crowd a devilish look, she ad-libs, "a Range Rover will do." The audience bursts out in appreciative laughter.

She has a great sense of humor, but she also has remarkable chops. As the pianist and bandleader in a drummerless trio, Krall accomplishes the difficult feat of providing both the rhythm and the melody for every song. And while her hands are doing all that work on the keys, she sings. Beautifully.

Growing up in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Krall spent her childhood studying classical piano and listening to Nat King Cole and Fats Waller. After a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, she left school to pursue jazz professionally. …

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