Diane Schuur Returns to The RRazz Room to Celebrate THE GATHERING, 10/17 - 10/21
The RRazz Room, San Francisco's premier nightclub, presents the return of Grammy Award-winning jazz legend, Diane Schuur, nicknamed "Deedles," to celebrate the release of her recent album, THE GATHERING. The CD features special guests Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler, Larry Carlton and Kirk Whalum. For her show, Schuur embraces her country roots for the first time infusing her jazz sensibilities into ten country-brewed tunes from such seminal songwriters as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Hank Cochran, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller and others.
Diane Schuur is a vocalist/pianist who is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Schuur has built a stellar career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur's music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape. Born in Tacoma, Washington, in December 1953, Schuur was blind from birth. She grew up in nearby Auburn, Washington, where her father was a police captain. Nicknamed Deedles at a young age, Schuur discovered the world of jazz via her father, a piano player, and her mother, who kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington records in the house.
Armed with the rare gift of perfect pitch, Schuur taught herself piano by ear and developed a rich, resonant vocal style early on, as evidenced in a recording of her first public performance at a Holiday Inn in Tacoma when she was ten years old. She received formal piano training at the Washington State School for the Blind, which she attended until age 11. Schuur made her first record in 1971, a country single entitled "Dear Mommy and Daddy," produced by Jimmy Wakely. In 1975, an informal audition with trumpeter Doc Severinson (then the leader of the Tonight Show band) led to a gig with Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy's group at the Monterey Jazz Festival. She sang a gospel suite with Shaughnessy's band in front of a festival audience that included jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who in turn invited her to participate in a talent showcase at the White House. A subsequent return performance at the White House led to a record deal with GRP, which released Schuur's debut album, DEEDLES, in 1984.