Diana Krall swings into town

Jazz queen Diana Krall seemed to thoroughly enjoy her show Wednesday night at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall.

She’s liked frequent recent visits to the Bay Area, she said, also mentioning that she’s been on tour for “nearly three years” and that her two baby boys are fine.

Ever so cool, tossing her silky long hair and tapping her deliciously high-heeled feet while enlightening the audience with just enough witty banter, Krall and her superb trio played an impeccable set of straight-ahead jazz, mostly swinging standards.

Although Krall, one of the few jazz artists to receive widespread, rock-star like acclaim, doesn’t have the extraordinary singing voice to match her piano chops, her interpretations of great songs sure go down easy.

Her bandmates are the same as the rhythm section on her latest recording, last year’s “From This Moment On”: Anthony Wilson, who almost seemed to eat the guitar; Robert Hurst, steady on bass; and drummer Jeff Hamilton, maker of melodic solos.

Their synchronicity sparked in the perfectly ideal concert hall, where a minimal light show provided a romantic backdrop of stars.

“Romantic” describes the evening’s mood.

Krall and the band swung with bouncy, upbeat love songs: Peggy Lee’s “I Love Being Here With You,” Cole Porter’s “Let’s Fall in Love,” Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields’ “Exactly Like You,” and the Gershwins’ “I Was Doing Alright,” for example.

She introduced a tranquil version of Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” with a fun anecdote about doing poorly with it during a high school audition — at a time when most of her classmates were playing Elvis Costello songs.

Among the show’s quieter standouts were Nat King Cole’s “I’ll String Along With You” — it was simply gorgeous — and Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” which she performed accompanied only by herself on piano.

She dove into the 1970s pop songbook with the evening’s closer, the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” perhaps the show’s most evocative tune.

It provided a lovely contrast to the joyful mood that characterized most of the concert. Krall has said that her recent CD coincides with a “happier” time in her life. It’s a feeling she imparted to her thoroughly satisfied listeners.

lkatz@examiner.com

artsentertainmentOther Arts

Just Posted

Cabernet sauvignon grapes sat in a container after being crushed at Smith-Madrone Winery in St. Helena. (Courtesy Smith-Madrone Winery)
San Francisco’s ‘Champagne problems’ — Wine industry suffers supply chain woes

‘Everywhere you turn, things that were easy are no longer easy’

Glasses behind the bar at LUNA in the Mission District on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Glassware is just one of the many things restaurants have had trouble keeping in stock as supply chain problems ripple outward. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF restaurants face product shortages and skyrocketing costs

‘The supply chain crisis has impacted us in almost every way imaginable’

A Giants fans hangs his head in disbelief after the Dodgers won the NLDS in a controversial finish to a tight Game 5. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants dream season ends at the hands of the Dodgers, 2-1

A masterful game comes down to the bottom of the ninth, and San Francisco came up short

<strong>Workers with Urban Alchemy and the Downtown Streets Team clean at Seventh and Market streets on Oct. 12. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins> </strong>
<ins></ins>
Why is it so hard to keep San Francisco’s streets clean?

Some blame bureaucracy, others say it’s the residents’ fault

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — seen in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday — touted Congressional Democrats’ infrastructure bill in San Francisco on Thursday. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)
Pelosi touts infrastructure bill as it nears finish line

Climate change, social safety net among major priorities of Democrats’ 10-year funding measure

Most Read