The legendary Canadian jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall made a stop in Ottawa on her Turn up the Quiet 2017-18 world tour. Her new album, of the same name, celebrates jazz and the great american songbook and this tour is providing fans with the opportunity to sing along to some of her sultry versions of classics such as L-O-V-E and Isn’t it Romantic.
The almost sold out Southam Hall was electric last night. Krall’s brand of entertainment seemed particularly fitting for such a grand venue in our nation’s capital city and as soon as the lights dimmed you could have heard a pin drop. This audience was mature and seemed genuinely appreciative of the opportunity to take in a such an anticipated performance.
Ten minutes after the announced show time, Krall’s band walked on stage and picked up their instruments and the anticipation built until Krall herself sauntered into the spotlight in a gorgeous glittery floor length gown. Her dress, her quiet demeanor, the set, and the overall atmosphere was sophisticated and moving.
Once took her place at the piano we were immediately reminded of why this Nanaimo B.C. native is a multi Grammy and Juno award winning artist and the only artist to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz albums chart. Not just a pretty face, Krall and her talented musical entourage thoroughly entertained her fans for the next two hours alternating between solo interludes, toe tapping covers, and new material from the album.
She seemed a bit outside of her comfort zone in between songs while speaking to the audience about her experiences at the National Arts Centre and being surrounded by photos of the great artists who have graced that stage. It was apparent that she preferred performing to talking and was more able to convey her emotions through her music.
Krall’s Turn up the Quiet tour continues with one more night at the National Arts Centre before heading to the west coast. Be sure to catch her in Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver if you can still find a ticket.