Nicknamed Deedles as a child (her mother's endearment), Tacoma-born Schuur grew up steeped in traditional American jazz, courtesy of both parents: David Schuur was a local police captain and amateur pianist, and Joanie Schuur kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums in their suburban-Seattle home.
Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur's major vocal influence. She learned the iconic singer's What a Difference a Day Makes while still a toddler and began developing her own rich, resonant vocal style. Jazziz Magazine describes her approach as one that encompasses her whole lifetime of singing: Schuur's vocal chops move from little-girl innocence to bawdy-mama blues in a hair's breadth, but always at the service of the song. Schuur is also an accomplished pianist, accompanying herself onstage as well as on many of her recording projects.
Her most recent album is an homage to two of her important mentors, both jazz giants: Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. I Remember You (With Love To Stan and Frank), released in 2014, also commemorates her official discovery by towering sax virtuoso Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival. She's consistently combined fine artistic efforts with the pizazz of an entertainer and held sway in both concert halls and small clubs, observed All About Jazz's Victor L. Schermer in his rave review. Her style incorporates both subtle jazz interpretation and the power of rhythm and blues.