Preferring instrumental music over vocal, there are very few vocalists that I listen to regularly, but Diane Schuur is one of them. Diane Schuur recently performed at Catalina’s bar and grill. I attended the very last show of the last night that she was there.

The ensemble sounded great, especially Diane Schuur. Her singing and piano playing was incomparable. She picked really great tunes for the set and played them all amazingly. In addition to her outstanding musicianship, Diane Schuur is also a fantastic performer. Occasionally smiling at the crowd during a solo, or talking to the audience between songs really showed her desire for the audience to be truly involved in the show. One of the most entertaining non-musical moments of the show was when she explained what “Deedle-caf” was. It is her name for decaf coffee (her nickname is Deedles). When she was brought “Deedle-caf”, she said “mmm” into the mic after every sip, which in itself defined why she named decaf coffee after herself.

Diane Schuur is an absolutely amazing performer. If you have not seen her perform yet, you really should – it will be some of the best jazz you will ever hear.

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Published by Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.