Dianne Joan Schuur, 10 December 1953, Tacoma, Washington, USA. Schuur, one of contemporary jazzs most popular vocalists, was one of GRP Records bestselling artists during her long tenure with the label. Accidentally blinded at birth, she grew up in Auburn, taking to jazz with prodigious enthusiasm, learning Dinah Washingtons repertoire at the age of three and four, and listening to her mothers Duke Ellington records and her father at the piano. Astonishingly, she was singing professionally at the age of nine, and began performing her own tunes at 16. In 1975, Schuur won a place in drummer Ed Shaughnessys big band, and travelled with the group to the Monterey Jazz Festival, where she met and jammed with the great Dizzy Gillespie. Her biggest break, however, came at the same festival four years later, when she was discovered by an enthusiastic Stan Getz, who began to spread the word about Schuurs obvious talent, and even invited her to...
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