Diana Krall returns to Umbria Jazz after three years with her trio and with a very special guest, Joe Lovano, one of the greatest saxophonists of contemporary jazz.
The Canadian pianist-singer, today one of the most famous and beloved stars of jazz, will be in Perugia on Saturday, July 13 (9 pm, Arena Santa Giuliana). The last time was in the 2016 edition, a few months after the publication of Wallflower. After that album, in some sense atypical for the choice of material, Krall has gone back to the great American songbook beloved by whoever plays (or sings) jazz. The same that has always embellished her repertoire. This latest album, Love is here to stay, is a series of duets with Tony Bennett, icon of crooners.
Krall's return to Umbria is always an event for the festival audience, who fell in love with her elegant piano touch and warm vocalism almost immediately and who bore witness to the first Italian steps of what was destined to become an amazing career. It was 1996 when Krall performed as artist in residence in a small club named in her honour, Blue Gardenia, as she had just recorded a tribute album to Nat King Cole. It soon became clear that jazz had finally found the worthy heir, in a modern key, of the figure of singer-pianist which had had such illustrious precedents as Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn.
Since then, Diana Krall has been many other times to Umbria Jazz, which has thus been able to record the different stages of her musical journey. Recording successes, two Grammy Awards (with eight nominations) and other prestigious awards, participation in the most important international festivals are all pieces of an artistic story that is still, after 25 years, in full evolution.