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Diane Nalini

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Born: April    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Diane Nalini’s new album, 'Kiss Me Like That,' is a collection of 13 songs celebrating humanity's fascination with the sky. From the title track's infectious rhythms, to ‘Cuando sale la luna’ - Diane’s sultry ode to the moon, her original compositions on this album are all influenced by the wonders of the sky and stars. Her six original songs are perfectly complemented by classic jazz standards chosen carefully for this project, like “Stardust”, “Skylark”, “They All Laughed”, as well as her intimate interpretations of folk & pop songs such as James Taylor's “Sweet Baby James” and Sting's “Valparaiso.”...
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Awards:

- Nominated, Grand Prix de Jazz, Montreal International Jazz Festival 2002 - Runner-up, Young jazz vocalist of the year award, UK, 2001
”Diane Nalini has the voice, the phrasing, confidence, clarity and control to make a tune her own and turn it into a nuanced thing of beauty.” - Irwin Block, The Montreal Gazette

“'After dusk' is a gorgeous collection of standards sung with quiet, enunciated power.” - Time Out Magazine, London, UK

“Seriously gifted. Diane Nalini is spoilt for talent.” - The Sunday Times, South Africa

“Rendering songbook standards as well as French chanson, Brazilian classics, her own compositions, and settings of poems by Shakespeare and Tennyson, Nalini consistently displays bell-clear tone, meticulous enunciation, playfulness and subtle swing.” - Ian McGillis, The Globe and Mail, Canada

“I was completely overwhelmed by the eloquence and limpidity of her voice. Whether interpreting American Jazz songbook giants, the continental chanson tradition, Brazilian bossa nova (new wave) music, or her original compositions, a common trait was evident: she captivates her audiences.” - Charles Mifsud, The Sunday Times, Malta

“Mellifluous contralto, emotively nuanced, rhythmically pliable, seductively melodic, phrases like back in the day (Billie, Ella, and Carmen). Chile could sang.” - Tom Terrell, All About Jazz

As a Leader

Songs of Sweet Fire
Earthglow Records
2006
Tracks: 1. The Cuckoo Song, 2. Sigh no more, 3. For love of you, 4. Rain every day, 5. Desi's blues, 6. Mistress Mine, 7. The Fabulous Minstrel, 8. Take those lips away, 9. The lover and his lass, 10. The beauty of your eyes, 11. Be merry, 12. She loves another, 13. Goodbye to the devil, 14. Till the world goes round, 15. Under the blossom.

Personnel: Diane Nalini - vocals; Dany Roy - saxophones; Vanessa Rodrigues - Hammond B3 organ; Mike Rud - guitar; Mike Berard - guitars; Tim Nolan - bass; Camil Belisle - drums; Jim Doxas - percussion.


Tales... My Mama told me
Earthglow Records (Canada); 33 Jazz (UK)
2002
Tracks: 1. Blues in the night, 2. Yellow bird, 3. Sometime ago, 4. La vie en rose, 5. While you're sleeping, 6. Noturna, 7. Mickey, 8. Moose the Mooch, 9. Les feuilles mortes, 10. Cheek to cheek, 11. Corcovado, 12. Cradle Song, 13. Come away, 14. Lorelei

Personnel: Diane Nalini - vocals; Steve Kaldestad - saxophone; Martin Pickett - piano; Tim Nolan - bass; Steve Brown - drums.


After dusk
Earthglow Records
2001
Tracks: 1. Stars fell on Alabama, 2. My funny valentine, 3. Quand elle rit aux éclats, 4. After dusk, 5. Carolina, 6. La mer, 7. The portrait on the wall, 8. La maison sous les arbres, 9. How long has this been going on, 10. Every time we say goodbye.

Personnel: Diane Nalini - vocals; Mike Rud - guitar; Dave Watts - bass.
Clips from all albums can be heard at: http://www.dianenalini.com/music.html

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