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Diana Krall Pulls-Off Great Performance at Ravinia

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Courtesy of Ravinia

Diana Krall did more than just share her musical talent at Ravinia Festival on Wednesday June 28th, she also let the audience in to her funny personality and self deprecating sense of humor, making jokes like 'you gotta hit the wrong note once in a while, but do it with feeling."  and pausing while saying 'when everything else fails, put some lipstick on."

Wearing an elegant black dress and black heels Krall played a Steinway & Sons grand piano.  She showed appreciation for her band, having introduced all members and time was carved out for the stand up bass, violin, guitar and drums to showcase their musicianship in solos that mesmerized the audience.

The weather on the lawn at Ravinia was the perfect backdrop for the concert, with the night's light breeze and pre-storm vibe.  Even Krall's actual backdrop for most of the show was an actually a nature scene with actual twinkling stars, silhouettes of trees and the moon.

Park Ridge, IL native Angela Renik says she come out because she loves Krall's music.

"Old jazz standards and she's married to Elvis Costello believe it or not, another brilliant artist.  I've seen her, this will be my sixth time.  I saw her first here with Tony Bennett.  She was with Tony Bennett like about probably 10 years ago, maybe more.  She's got a smokey, raspy, loungy, jazzy voice."

Cary, Illinois resident Sharon Osterby is a longtime fan of Diana Krall.  "I love Diana Krall. But I love Ravinia.  We're here all the time.  We love the weather.  We love spending time together out in this beautiful atmosphere.  We are actually coming back to see Pentatonix and I've never seen them and I know very little about them but we love the atmosphere so that's why we are coming."

Krall performed well-known standards including "Moonglow,"  "I don't know enough about you" by Peggy Lee, a Joni Mitchell song, "A Case of You" and "Chicago" (That Toddlin Town).  During that number, Krall invited the audience to sing lead.  "On the Sunny Side of the Street by Jimmy McHugh was also in the set list.  Encores she performed were, "Let it Rain" by Hal Dyson and "East of the Sun" (West of the Moon) by Brooks Bowman.

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.
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