Vocalist Diane Schuur is featured on the next “Live from Dazzle,” this Tuesday night at 6pm, only on KUVO Jazz. Schuur is in Denver for 2 nights of performances, Tuesday and Wednesday at Dazzle and we're privileged to broadcast the first set! Rodney Franks and Steve Chavis will host this exclusive broadcast engagement with the Grammy-winning singer.
Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz's leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Schuur was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear. She later received formal piano training at The Washington State School for the Blind, which she attended until she was 11 years of age.
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.