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Grammy-winner Diana Krall brings saucy vibes to Costa Mesa opera house

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Sultry Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is set to perform at Segerstrom Hall, a 3,000-seat opera house in Costa Mesa, Calif. It will be Krall’s only scheduled stop in Orange County for 2014.

The single-night engagement is part of the multi-platinum recording artist’s international tour to support her 11th studio album, “Glad Rag Doll.” The song-and-dance record, released in 2012, covers jazz tunes from the 1920s and 1930s. The album derives from Krall’s father’s vintage collection, imagined for the 21st century.

After producing her first album (“Stepping Out”) in 1993, the silky contralto advanced quickly within the music industry to become one of the best-selling jazz artists of her generation. To date, the 49-year-old songwriter has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, six million in the U.S. alone.

A two-time Grammy Award-winner, Krall remains the only jazz singer in the music industry to have debuted a total of eight albums at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.

While growing up in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, Krall was engulfed by the sounds of music. Her father played piano at home while her mother sang in a community choir. By age four, Krall was already tickling the ivories. Before her 16th birthday, she was playing jazz piano in a neighborhood restaurant. Krall later entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., on scholarship, followed by a move to Los Angeles.

By the year 2000, Krall was touring the nation with American jazz great Tony Bennett. The two again teamed for a note-worthy performance on “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…,” a Canadian TV series.
The eight-time Juno Award-winner is married to Costello, an English singer-songwriter, whose contributions to the music industry have earned him an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Krall has collaborated with a number of other iconic figures, including Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand, David Foster and the late Ray Charles.

Krall’s concert, which tips a fedora to the Great American Songbook, will be held Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. She will be accompanied by percussionist Karriem Riggins, bassist Dennis Crouch, keyboardist Patrick Warren, fiddler Stuart Duncan and guitarist Anthony Wilson.

To purchase tickets, which start at $59, tap this link.

For more information, phone (714) 556-2787.

Follow Sharon at CBS Los Angeles.


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