“White singers in jazz can be counted on fingers of one hand, and the first name which comes to your mind is Diane Schuur”, fairly said the recognized jazz critic. “If I could, I would give you my eyes”, said Frank Sinatra about young Diane Schuur: she was absolutely blind since early childhood. Music became her only consolation, relief and goal….
Diane Schuur was 10 years old when she performed her first concert, however only 16 years later the maestros noticed and appreciated the gifted young lady. A famous saxophonist Stan Getz invited her to perform at a prestigious jazz festival in Monterey in 1979. Together with Getz, they performed in the American White House, after that her career was rapidly developing – she got acquainted and performed with Count Basie, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and other jazz and rock-n-roll stars.
Diane Schuur’s image is bright and multi-faceted. By her own admission, she never detached from her jazz roots, however she tried different styles, before she found herself. Diane Schuur received the highest GRAMMY award twice (in 1986 and 1987), besides she was three times among the nominees to this prestigious award. In 1999, the “new first lady jazz” (as the critics called her) received the Ella Fitzgerald medal. In its 40-year career, she released about 25 records and CDs, all of them were success among the jazz amateurs.
In 2001, Diane Schuur visited Moscow for the first time, making a concert with orchestra in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.
The audience of the largest winter festival of Russia will have a unique opportunity to attend a live concert of this jazz legend. She will perform the hits of various years together with famous jazzmen.