Diane Schuur, Enchanting Songstress

This weekend, Regattabar hosted the enchanting Diane Schuur on the heels of the release of her latest album “I Remember You, With Love to Stan [Getz] and Frank [Sinatra]”.

Diane 'Deedles' Schuur

Diane ‘Deedles’ Schuur

What an entertainer she is! From the moment she took the stage, she regaled us with great songs, funny quips, and marvelous piano-playing.

Diane, who has been blind since birth, has an amazing vocal range which she put to wonderful use at this show. From the highs of ‘For Once In My Life’ to the lows of ‘Didn’t We’, Diane seems to be able to do it all.

Diane

Diane

Her facial expressions are a joy to behold, and her laugh is infectious. She laughs with her entire body!

Diane

Diane

Her band is composed of four extremely talented players; Roni Ben-Hur on guitar, Ben Wolfe on bass, Willie Jones on drums, and Joel Frahm on sax are perfection accompanists to Diane.

Roni Ben-Hur

Roni Ben-Hur

Ben (with Diane)

Ben Wolfe (with Diane)

Willie

Willie Jones

Joel Frahm

Joel Frahm

One of the most exciting parts of the show was Diane’s voice and Joel’s sax performing duets. I was sitting very close to them, and their voices at times were in unison. If I had not seen them, I could have imagined it was only one instrument (or two saxes).

Diane and Joel

Diane and Joel

Each member of the band got at least one solo during the set, and they were much appreciated by the audience. I especially loved Roni’s solos – partly because he’s an excellent guitarist but partly because of the way his guitar sounded so sweet and mellow. All except Willie play with Diane regularly, and the band is very tight.

Roni, Willie, Ben and Diane

Roni, Willie, Ben and Diane

Most of the set list came from the new release, with songs ranging from George Gershwin to Antonin Carlos Jobim to Cole Porter. Diane can sing all the jazz masters.

Deedles

Deedles

This was a wonderful way to spend a Friday evening. If Diane is coming to a city near you, I think you’d enjoy seeing her.

 

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on June 15, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks suze really pleased to have found your well,put together blog. Lots for me to explore here! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel sometime!).

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