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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