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Singerpianist Diana Krall got her musical education when she was growing up in Nanaimo British Columbia from the classical piano lesson she began at age four and in her high-school jazz band but mostly from her father a stride piano player with an extensive record collection I think Dad has every recording Fats Waller ever made she said and I tried to learn them all In 1981 Krall won a Vancouver Jazz scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston After a year and a half she returned to BC Legendary bassist Ray Brown ex-husband of the late Ella Fitzgerald heard her play in Nanaimo and persuaded Krall to move to LA and study with pianist Jimmy Rowles I loved hearing Jimmy sing Irving Berlins How Deep is the Ocean so I decided to record it myself for Love Scenes She says She lived for three years before moving to Toronto Now 32 the Canadian born vocalistpianist who has resided in New York since 1992 because as she says New York is a bigger challenge when it comes to jazz has found both critical and popular acclaim Her album Love Scenes has gone gold in Canada a remarkable feat for a jazz album and earned her Grammy nominations Krall credits Tony Bennett for much of her success Well he has been very kind to me personally He is a great creative interpreter of the song just like Frank Sinatra was I could analyze and break into phrasing and that kind of thing but it comes down to respect for the song Tony has it I think he taught me that Ive listened to him ever since I was a kid As for Sinatra I was a huge huge fan Its the end of an era In his time there was no one like him and I dont think there ever will be again I consider him the greatest pop
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