Nicknamed "Deedles" as a child, she grew up surrounded by the world of Jazz embraced by both of her parents: Her father was an amateur pianist, and her mother kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums in her home. Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur's major vocal influence, and she learned the iconic singer's "What a Difference a Day Makes" while she was still a toddler. She also developed her own rich, resonant vocal style at a very young age.
With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional GRAMMY® nominations, Schuur's music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape.
Ms. Schuur has recently recorded an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. The CD, entitled I Remember You (With Love To Stan and Frank) commemorates her "official" discovery 35 years ago by Stan Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival.
The recording features all new arrangements by Alan Broadbent, and in addition to Mr. Broadbent on piano, it includes an all-star band of Ben Wolfe, Ulysses Owens Jr., Romero Lubambo, Roni Ben-Hur, and Joel Frahm.