“Deedles” is not only her nickname, but the title of the first of many recordings by jazz singer Diane Schuur. The most recent is “Some Other …
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“Deedles” is not only her nickname, but the title of the first
of many recordings by jazz singer Diane Schuur. The most recent is
“Some Other Time,” and between 1984 and 2008, Schuur has enjoyed a
career that started when jazz tenor saxaphonist Stan Getz
discovered her at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1979. Her
appearance at Monterey resulted from an audition with trumpeter Doc
Severinson of the Tonight Show, where she also appeared.
Getz later invited her to perform at the White House and she was
invited by Nancy Reagan for a return gig with Count Basie’s
The good news is that she’ll visit our South Metro area
“Jazz at the Mansion” featuring Grammy-winning vocalist/pianist
Diane Schuur is scheduled 5 to 7 p.m. June 13 at the historic
Highlands Ranch Mansion.
Schuur has been a headliner around the world. She performed at
Carnegie Hall, at the White House and with many musical greats
including Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Maynard Ferguson,
Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Count Basie, Barry Manilow, Quincy
Jones and even Elmo on Sesame Street..
Her discography of live and studio recordings fills a page and
she was nominated five times for Grammy Awards, winning twice.
She grew up in suburban Seattle, blinded soon after birth. Her
parents encouraged her interest in music and her first public
performance was at age 9, according to her Web site.
Now in her mid-50s, she continues an active professional life,
touring and recording. She admired the legendary jazz singers of
the 1940s, ’50s and later, including Dinah Washington, and has used
her extraordinary voice to perform a wide range of material from
the American songbook.
Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9900 Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch.
Tickets cost $37, 303-471-8859 or at any Highlands Ranch recreation
center, in advance. Beverages and desserts will be available to
purchase. No outside beverages allowed and you must have a ticket
to enter the mansion grounds. Open lawn seating is available.
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