By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On a misty Oklahoma City fall evening five-time Grammy-winning jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall performed to a near full house crowd at the Civic Center Music Hall.
The “Wallflower World Tour” presented by 35 Concerts, wowed the audience on November 15 with pop tunes from her latest album as well as jazz favorites beautifully interpreted by her sultry, breathy and velvet alto voice.
The 50 year old Canadian born artist is married to British singer/songwriter Elvis Costello. They are parents of twin 8 year old sons.
Her first album, “Stepping Out” was released in 1993. Best known for her jazz genre standards, her twelfth studio album, “Wallflower” is her first pop venture. It features mostly classics from the ’60s and ’70s by artists including the Carpenters, The Eagles, and Elton John.
This time Krall wanted to record “music that I share with my peers” she told USA Today reporter Elysa Gardner. Wallflower is produced by fellow Canadian and Grammy winner David Foster.
The show opened with “We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye” from her “Glad Rag Doll” album, which featured a large vintage radio image as the backdrop. The nearly two-hour concert included crowd pleasers such as “Simple Twist of Fate,” “Temptation,” “I’m Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter,” and Bob Dylan’s “Wallflower,” which inspired the new album’s title track.
In tune with the evening’s weather, Krall sublimely serenaded the audience with “Just Like a Butterfly That’s Caught in the Rain” along with “Let It Rain.” The crowd had a strong positive reaction to her rendition of the popular tune “Route 66,” and joined her in the “Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty’ portion of the song first recorded by Nat King Cole.
Krall was impeccably accompanied onstage by Anthony Wilson on guitar, Dennis Crouch on bass, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Karriem Riggins on drums, and Patrick Warren on keyboards.
After a difficult year, enduring a bout with pneumonia and the loss of her father, the tour was temporarily postponed, but she will complete the North American leg on December 5 in Costa Mesa, CA before heading off to Asia and Australia.
The evening, filled with sumptuous entertainment, was a complete joy for those fortunate enough to have attended, including this reporter, who has been a fan for nearly 20 years.