Magazine article Insight on the News

Omission of Krall from Documentary Rubs Some the Wrong Way. (News Alert!)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Omission of Krall from Documentary Rubs Some the Wrong Way. (News Alert!)

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A few weeks ago INSIGHT reported on the phenomenal jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall, whose intimate interpretations of American popular standards by songwriters such as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin have resonated with American audiences since the attacks of Sept. 11 (see "Music to Live By" May 6). But INSIGHT also noted that, despite being well-received by the public and by many of jazz's veteran performers, Krall had been panned as a lightweight by a contingent of jazz critics and aficionados.

Indeed, the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, which aired last year on PBS, made no mention of Krall in its segment on the next generations of jazz musicians, despite the fact that she was (and is) the top-selling contemporary jazz artist.

This magazine had the chance to ask Burns point-blank about the omission of Krall when he was a guest at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in May. "She's not really jazz. If I were doing something on American literature, should I include Danielle Steele?" Burns asked, referencing the romance novelist who sells millions of books but is not considered an author of high literature.

Burns admitted receiving complaints about the glaring absence of Krall, then reported the lady jazz singer told him she didn't mind. …

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