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16 November 1964, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Raised in a musical family Krall studied classical piano at school but played jazz style in her school band. Her first professional gig was at the age of 15 and she has not stopped since. She won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship to Berklee College Of Music in the USA but later returned to her home town where she continued to play professionally. Among her musical associates were visiting Americans Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton. They were both deeply impressed and convinced Krall to go to Los Angeles, which she did with help from a Canadian Arts Council grant. In Los Angeles, she studied with Jimmy Rowles who persuaded her to sing more. Although she had sung from the start she had always entertained reservations about this aspect of her work. Nevertheless, the inclusion of singing into her performances led to more engagements than had been the case as a pianist.
In 1984 Krall returned to...