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Can you imagine the kind of dinner conversations that Diana Krall and her
husband Elvis Costello must have been having the last couple months? “You know,
Di, there are those who consider Israel to be an apartheid state for the way in
which they’ve for years systematically discriminated against the Palestinians.
Could you pass the tandoori chicken this way, luv?” “Oh Elvis, how many times
can you keep bringing this up? I’m just going to play a concert there, it’s been
booked for months.And you know, thanks so much for changing your mind midstream
and canceling your shows there. I’m probably going to have to hide out in
my hotel room, guilty by association. Here’s your damn tandoori.”
be cross, luv,” coos Costello, breaking into his version of “She” as the
couple’s twin sons, Dexter and Frank, clap along. Krall rolls her eyes as
she takes a bite and thinks: “I knew I should have married John
The public brouhaha caused by her husband’s pre-Flotilla boycott
of Israel may have something to do with the media silence imposed by the
celebrated jazzy pianist/vocalist Krall ahead of her performance on August 4th
at the Ra’anana Amphitheater. But maybe it’s because throughout her
Grammy-winning, sterling career, she’s always let the music do the
After attending the Berklee College of Music in the early 1980s
to perfect her piano skills, the 43-year-old Canadian took the advice of a
teacher in Los Angeles, pianist Jimmy Rowles, to focus on her singing as well.
That proved to be wise counsel, since Krall’s sultry vocals had become her
signature by the time she signed to legendary jazz label Verve in 1999 and her
career exploded after six years of incremental success.
She went on to
win a Grammy for best jazz vocal for her debut Verve album When I Look in Your
, the first jazz disc to be nominated for Album of the Year in 25 years. The
hits kept on coming – 2002’s “The Look of Love” was a chart topper, and in 2004,
she collaborated with her then-new husband Costello on six songs for The Girl in
the Other Room
The birth of their twin sons was marked on 2006’s From
This Moment On
, which leads us to her latest album, the steamy bossa nova-tinged
, which she described as “my love letter to my husband – just an
intimate, romantic album. It’s not coy.
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It’s not ‘peel me a grape,’ little girl
stuff. I feel this album’s very womanly – like you’re lying next to your lover
in bed whispering this in their ear,” While the husband stays home with the
kids, Krall has been singing these seductive songs throughout the month of July
while headlining some of Europe’s top jazz festivals, including Switzerland's
Montreux Jazz Festival, Rotterdam's North Sea Jazz and France's Jazz a Vienne.
Accompanying Krall’s bewitching piano and vocals on the tour are guitarist
Anthony Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Karriem Riggins.
be arriving in Israel a day after performing in Beirut, another reason why she,
unlike other family members, may not be too enthusiastic about spouting any
political viewpoints. Better to say it with music.
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