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Diane Schuur

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.

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Discography

 

The Gathering

Not On Label (Diane French Self-released)
2011

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Some Other Time

Some Other Time

Heads Up International
2008

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Live in London

Live in London

GR2 Classics
2006

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Schuur Fire

Not On Label (Diane French Self-released)
2005

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Midnight

Midnight

Concord Music Group
2003

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