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Reception of Diana Krall, Unique Jazz Phenomenon

Zuzana Ben Lassoued-Balazsházyová

Reception of Diana Krall, Unique Jazz Phenomenon tracks Diana Krall’s piano and vocal interpretation from early to advanced development. The author analyzes her music compared to the major jazz pianists and vocalists and traces her European roots combined with North American influence. Musicality, aesthetics, and original interpretation are defined factors for the communication between the listener and the performer and the main characteristics of Diana Krall’s interpretation. Described are also influences of social media, management, marketing and the position of the woman in this society.

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2 Life



2.1Roots: Grandparents and parents, connections to Slovakia

Diana Jean Krall was born in November 16, 1964 in the Vancouver Island city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, which has been a multicultural city since the first settlers arrived from Spain, England, Scotland, China, Poland, Italy and East India building railroads and working in mines.

Diana’s roots are Slovakian; her great grandparents were from Eastern Slovakia, a small village called Henclová. Diana’s great great grandfather on the maternal side of Diana’s great grandmother, was Michal Špak, whose occupation on the birth certificate of Diana Krall’s great grandmother (shown below) was a shepherd and her great great grandmother was Katarina Krak. Diana Krall’s great grandparents from Slovakia were Michael Kral (Krall) (not known exact date of birth) and Mária Kralová (Krall) (nee Špak February 14, 1884 - 1956), both born in Henclová, Slovakia[51]. Diana Krall’s great grandparents immigrated to British Columbia, Canada in the late 1800’s, sometime before 1905, and settled in a coal mining town called Michelle, known today as Sparwood. Diana’s great grandparents brought Slovak 78 rpm recordings with them to Canada, recordings which were handed down to family members. Diana Krall’s father had a few of them but he never understood the Slovak lyrics as he grew up natively speaking English and French. Randy, Diana Krall’s father’s brother wishes that he would have learned Slovak language as a child. Diana’s father’s sister went to Henclová, Slovakia right after the Communist regime...

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