Diane Schuur

Diane Schuur (b. , 1953 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American jazz singer and pianist. Blinded at birth due to a hospital accident, Schuur, nicknamed "Deedles," has won Two Grammy awards. Schuur has headlined many of the world's most prestigious music venues, including Carnegie Hall and The White House and has toured the world performing with such greats as Stan Getz, B. B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones.


Biography


Diane Schuur grew up in suburban Seattle, Washington and was encouraged by both her parents to sing. Her early childhood music heroines were Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington. Schuur had her first "gig" at Tacoma's Holiday Inn at age ten in which she sang country music. Later attending the Washington State School for the Blind where she performed original material and wowed audiences with her playful and distinctive voice. She started performing songs she wrote starting at sixteen. Her "big break" came when Stan Getz became positive about her work on hearing her sing "Amazing Grace" at legendary Monterey Jazz Festival in 1979, returned there again in '88 and '91. In 1982, Getz asked her to join him at a performance at the White House. Nancy Reagan invited her to perform again as a vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra in 1987. Stan Getz later played on Schuur's first three albums, Deedles (1984), Schuur Thing (1985) and Timeless (1988).


Schuur's debut album, Deedles, was released in 1984, the first of several recordings to showcase her vocal abilities. In 1985, while on tour in the Far East, Schuur met B.B. King when the two of them played a music festival in Tokyo. Schurr and King eventually made an album together, Heart to Heart released May of 1994, which top the Billboard charts to number one. Twelve of Schuur's albums have reached the Top 10 Jazz Albums on Billboard history charts, including her latest Diane Schuur: Live In London (2006) She received her first Grammy for the album Timeless (1986), and the following year received another, for Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra (1987).


Schuur proved her staying power through the 1990s and into the 2000s, first with her 1991 follow up to Talkin' 'Bout You, Pure Schuur, and then with nearly an album a year from then on, including In Tribute (1992), Love Songs (1993), Heart to Heart (1994), Love Walked In (1995), Blues for Schuur (1997), Music Is My Life (1999), Friends for Schuur (2000), and Swingin' for Schuur (2001). Late in 2003, Schuur released Midnight, featuring original songs written for the album by Barry Manilow. Manilow also performs alongside Schuur on the album, along with Alan Broadbent on piano, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Harvey Mason and Peter Erskine.


Her second live album, Diane Schuur: Live In London, was released in June 2006. It is her first release on the GR2 Classics label, the 20th album of her career and was recorded at Ronnie Scott's in Soho, London.


In 2008 she released a new studio collection entitled Some Other Time.


Selective discography


Year
Title
Genre
Label
2008
Some Other Time
Jazz
Concord


2006
Diane Schuur: Live in London
Jazz
GR2 Classics


2005
Schuur Fire
Jazz
Concord


2003
Midnight
Jazz, Pop
Concord


2001
Swingin' for Schuur
Jazz
Concord


2000
Friends for Schuur
Jazz
Concord


1999
Music Is My Life
Jazz
Atlantic / Wea


1997
The Best of Diane Schuur
Jazz
GRP


1997
Blues for Schuur
Blues, Jazz
GRP


1994
Heart to Heart w/B. B. King
Jazz
GRP


1993
Love Songs
Jazz
GRP


1992
In Tribute
Jazz
GRP


1991
Pure Schuur
Jazz
GRP


1989
Diane Schuur Collection
Jazz
GRP


1988
A GRP Christmas Collection
Gospel
GRP


1988
Talkin' 'bout You''
Jazz
GRP


1987
Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra
Jazz
GRP


1986
Timeless
Jazz
GRP


1984
Deedles
Jazz
Digital Master


Grammy history


Career Nominations: 5
Career Wins: 2
Diane Schuur Grammy Awards History
Year
Category
Title
Genre
Label
Result
1993
Traditional Pop Performance
Love Songs
Pop
GRP
Nominee
1991
Traditional Pop Performance
Pure Schuur
Pop
GRP
Nominee
1989
Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Female
The Christmas Song
Jazz
GRP
Nominee
1987
Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Female
Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra
Jazz
GRP
Winner
1986
Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Female
Timeless
Jazz
GRP
Winner

Footnotes


^ Pure Jazz for Schuur!
^ Gelly, Dave. Stan Getz: Nobody Else But Me, Backbeat Books, page 159, (2005) ISBN 0879307293
^ Billboard Chart History for Diane Schuur
^ Grammy Awards Data Base: Diane Schuur

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