Diana Krall, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning musician with an unprecedented nine No. 1 Billboard Jazz chart debuts, is underway with her biggest year of touring since 2009. Fans will "oooh and ahhh" at the Community Arts Center Tuesday for a taste of that velvet, effortlessly smooth voice and piano playing that propelled her to stardom almost 15 years ago. Her appearance marks a stop on her 40-city 2012 "Summer Nights" tour.
In an evening filled with the sounds from her tenth studio album, "Quiet Nights," released in 2009, Krall is joined on tour by guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Karriem Riggins.
The "Quiet Nights" album, which recalls sultry Brazilian evenings with an anything-is-possible feel, marks an even higher sensual turn to her vocal approach.
Diana Krall will perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"It's not coy. It's not 'peel me a grape, little girl stuff,' " she said. "I feel this album's very womanly."
She's not kidding. From Krall's refreshing version of "Where or When," to an utterly soulstilling rendition of "You're My Thrill," the ten songs on "Quiet Nights" are disarming in their intimacy. Even those already familiar with the breathy vocals and rhythmic lilt in Krall's music will be taken aback by just how far the music pushes, unabashedly, into the realm of sweet surrender.
Krall is the first to credit the musical team she assembled - her loyal quartet, ace producer Tommy LiPuma, engineer Al Schmitt plus legendary arranger Claus Ogerman - for much of the seductive power on "Quiet Nights."
"She's completely matured," said Tommy LiPuma, who should know, having first worked with Krall in 1994. "Even in the past few years. She approaches her vocal phrasing much more like an instrumentalist than a straight singer. It's in her reading of the lyrics, and the timbre of her voice, much more misty like Peggy Lee in her mature period."
The celebrated musician has not stopped since 2009. She has been travelling the globe, touring in Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, Australia, South America and the Middle East, performing on almost every continent.
In addition to her touring and appearance schedule, the acclaimed musician took a short break to produce her first record for another artist, Barbra Streisand's "Love Is The Answer," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its release. Never slowing down, Krall contributed a track "Simple Twist of Fate" for the "Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International" released last month.
Krall, at the age of 48, has experience in her favor. Born in Nanaimo, Canada, to a musical family (her father is a stridestyle pianist and serious record collector); she grew up absorbing music that guided her future growth. She attended Berklee School of Music in the early '80s, then moved to Los Angeles where she continued her studies with bassists Ray Brown and John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and pianist Jimmy Rowles; Rowles convinced the young pianist to focus on her singing as well. By 1990, Krall relocated to New York City and began performing with a trio, and in 1993, she released her debut album on a small Canadian independent label.
Nineteen years later, she can look back over a stellar career path: in '99, signed to Verve, her career exploded when "When I Look in Your Eyes" won a Grammy for best jazz vocal and became the first jazz disc to be nominated for Album of the Year in twentyfive years. In 2002, "The Look of Love" was a No. 1 bestseller in the U.S. and a fivetime platinum album in Canada. 2004's "The Girl in the Other Room," was her first to focus on her own songwriting (with six tunes cowritten with husband Elvis Costello); 2005's "Christmas Songs" proved one of the season's bestsellers; and 2006's "From This Moment On" was an upbeat, critical success that coincided with the birth of her twin sons, a lifeaffirming event that producer Tommy LiPuma feels enhanced Krall's continuing growth as a musician. "Motherhood definitely agrees with her and marriage. I think she's really come into her own," he said. Experience Krall's maturely seductive voice, subtle piano chops and deep-rooted familiarity live.
For more information about the show, visit www.caclive.com. To reserve seats, call the CAC Box Office at 326-2424, toll free at 800-432-9382. For further information about Diana Krall go to her website at www.dianakrall.com.