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January 14, 2006

Jazz Vocalist Diane Schuur in Toronto

Written by
cindy mcleod

My friend Al and I were just talking last week about how great Diane Schuur’s latest release, Schuur Fire, her Latin based sound is, when lo and behold, the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival announces they’ve added her to their 20th Anniversary Series, presented by JAZZ.FM.91.

Schuur, a two-time Grammy winner, was first discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in 1979 at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Performing her first gig at the age of nine, she has gone on to become known as ‘The New First Lady of Jazz’ for her astounding three and a half octave vocal range and her imaginative interpretive powers, and is often compared to jazz masters Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn.

She has shared the stage with numerous legends, including Ray Charles and B.B. King, and has recorded with such luminaries as the Count Basie Orchestra, Stan Getz and Barry Manilow among others. Her discography now numbers 12 CD releases, and she has performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, and appeared on Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show’ eleven times.

The 20th Anniversary Concert Series, running from February to April, features seven concerts that will help kick off the TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. Previously confirmed artists in the Series include The Bad Plus, Chris Potter, Charlie Hunter, Cubanismo!, Randy Weston, and Russ Little.

for more information visit www.torontojazz.com

Diane Schuur
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 – 8pm
Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto

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