Blue Note Jazz Festival Presents I REMEMBER YOU: An Evening With Diane Schuur, 6/10
On December 10, 2013 Diane Schuur turned 60. She also completed her first-ever recording in homage to her two most important and influential mentors: Stan Getz (who discovered her at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1979) and Frank Sinatra, whose artwork hangs prominently in her Palm Springs home.
Entitled I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank), the album of twelve songs, all previously recorded by Getz or Sinatra, or both, was produced by Diane and her new manager, Mary Ann Topper, at Avatar Studios in New York, and is set for release on Jazzheads, June 10, 2014. It also features a stellar cast of musicians, including: Alan Broadbent (arrangements/piano), Roni Ben-Hur and Romero Lubambo (guitars), Joel Frahm (saxophone) , Ben Wolfe (bass) and Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums.
On June 10, Ms. Schuur will celebrate the release of I REMEMBER YOU performing at the Blue Note Jazz Festival at BB King Blues Club, with the all-star cast of musicians featured on the recording, and the 35th anniversary year of being discovered by Stan Getz at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
In a recent preview of a performance at Birdland in which she debuted the repertoire from the new album, noted music journalist, Will Friedwald (who also wrote the liner notes for the CD), stated: "Ms. Schuur has become a much more subtle artist, capable of mellow moods as well as blasting out those big high notes that were always her signature. Her Birdland debut is her best show yet, giving us the more mature-Schuur, but also taking us back to her beginnings, as she honors the two major mentors of her personal and professional life, Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra, in radiant arrangements by Alan Broadbent."
Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two GRAMMY Awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional GRAMMY nominations, Schuur's music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape. Her musical collaborations include the aforementioned Count Basie Orchestra, Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano, among countless others. These collaborations have resulted in numerous #1 Billboard Chart recordings, including Pure Schuur and Heart to Heart with B.B. King; Ms. Schuur has appeared on PBS and many other television specials, as well as a very special visit to the beloved TV show, "Sesame Street." Diane has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions, and was one of the select musical guests who performed for Stevie Wonder at the Kennedy Center Honors when he received his prestigious award. She continues to tour and perform extensively at major concert halls and venues around the world and embarks on an international tour in conjunction with the release of I Remember You. The tour is highlighted during the release week by a special appearance at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in NYC during the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival on the actual release date of June 10; followed by The Side Door in Old Lyme, Conn., June 11; the Egg Performing Arts Center in Albany, NY, June 12; and the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA, June 13. For a complete tour schedule go to www.dianeschuur.com.
As Diane Schuur enters a new decade of her life and musical journey with the release of I Remember You, be witness to a new dimension in the brilliance of "the Deeds" (as she is affectionately known), who at 60 is living proof, she is not getting older, she is getting better!