Diana Krall: Departure Bay

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songwriter: Diana Krall and Elvis Costello

performed by: Diana Krall

date released: 2004 by Diana Krall

Diana Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1964. When she was four years old, she began playing the piano. As she grew older, she was hired by restaurants and other small venues, and by seventeen, she had already become a professional musician. She won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship which took her to Boston's Berklee College of Music where other jazz piano luminaries such as Bob James got their early training. From there, her musical journey took her to Los Angeles and then to New York where success was awaiting her.

With several hit albums to her name, Diana Krall married Elvis Costello in 2003. She composed a selection of her own songs in collaboration with her new husband which she released on an album called 'The Girl in the Other Room'. For the track, 'Departure Bay', she listed all the things she loved about her native Vancouver Island, and Costello wove her thoughts into a lyrical form. Ordinary things appeared so different to her in her homecoming from her long journey on the musical road. Especially different was the absence of her mother who had passed away the previous year of multiple myeloma.

In her career so far, Diana has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, two of which she won for Best Jazz Performance in 1999; and Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2002. A multiple winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and seven Juno Awards, she was awarded membership in the Order of British Columbia in 2002. Even more prestigious, Diana Krall was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005. In 2003, she was given an honourary PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Motherhood notwithstanding, we can expect more accolades to come for our premiere jazz songstress.














songwriter: Diana Krall and Elvis Costello

performed by: Diana Krall

date released: 2004 by Diana Krall

Diana Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1964. When she was four years old, she began playing the piano. As she grew older, she was hired by restaurants and other small venues, and by seventeen, she had already become a professional musician. She won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship which took her to Boston's Berklee College of Music where other jazz piano luminaries such as Bob James got their early training. From there, her musical journey took her to Los Angeles and then to New York where success was awaiting her.

With several hit albums to her name, Diana Krall married Elvis Costello in 2003. She composed a selection of her own songs in collaboration with her new husband which she released on an album called 'The Girl in the Other Room'. For the track, 'Departure Bay', she listed all the things she loved about her native Vancouver Island, and Costello wove her thoughts into a lyrical form. Ordinary things appeared so different to her in her homecoming from her long journey on the musical road. Especially different was the absence of her mother who had passed away the previous year of multiple myeloma.

In her career so far, Diana has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, two of which she won for Best Jazz Performance in 1999; and Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2002. A multiple winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and seven Juno Awards, she was awarded membership in the Order of British Columbia in 2002. Even more prestigious, Diana Krall was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005. In 2003, she was given an honourary PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Motherhood notwithstanding, we can expect more accolades to come for our premiere jazz songstress.














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Quiz #: 2793
Canada's top jazz singer, Diana Krall recorded this song in 2004 as a tribute to her mother who had passed on of cancer.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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