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posted 2/11/2005

Diana Krall to open 20th annual TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival

June 24-July 3, 2005
For Immediate Release
Tickets on sale February 18, 2005
Homecoming: B.C. Jazz Superstar to open 20th annual TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Friday, June 24 at 8 PM Orpheum Theatre

There’s always been something special about Diana Krall. We knew it right from the first time she appeared onstage at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival back in the early ‘90s. Any performer who possesses the prodigious musical skills, generous demeanor, and understated charisma she embodies is rare. But when you hear a young artist of Krall’s calibre you find yourself asking the question that many excited listeners asked when they heard this young talent in her first appearance at the Jazz Festival 14 years ago: “Who is that girl?”

Well, that girl is a native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, who’s enthralled audiences from the very beginning and who has, over time, become one of the biggest jazz superstars in the world. As the Jazz Festival prepares to launch its 20th Anniversary this summer, we are proud to say that we have shared a long, rich, and rewarding relationship with this acclaimed pianist/vocalist. Diana first performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 1992 when she opened for the legendary Canadian pianist Oliver Jones. Her impact was immediate and her talent undeniable. For many years the Festival was privileged to work with Diana on an annual basis,
nurturing her musical talent and watching her hone her craft, while presenting her in larger and larger venues to ever-increasing audiences.

In the 1995 Festival, she shared a double bill with American pianist Benny Green in a sold-out performance at the Vogue Theatre. During the 1996 Festival, the Diana Krall Trio performed at the Orpheum on the same bill as the world-renowned pianist George Shearing. In 1997 and 1998 she headlined the Jazz Festival. Without a doubt, the experience and profile Diana Krall gained
through her appearances over the years at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival contributed to her growing worldwide reputation. We’re thrilled to have been there from the beginning and to have made a small contribution to the development of her extraordinary career.

Given Diana’s memorable history with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and her heartfelt connection to our province, we’re delighted to have her share in our 20th Anniversary Jazz Festival celebration. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome home Diana Krall!

The 20th annual TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival, produced by Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, runs from June 24th to July 3rd. Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster 604-280-4444 or by calling the Jazz Hotline at 604-872-5200. Complete Festival details available on April 27 at www.coastaljazz.ca


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