Jazz pianist Diana Krall: Not just Mrs. Elvis Costello

Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:48pm EDT
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By Steve James

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Diana Krall may be Mrs. Elvis Costello now, but the Grammy winner is still her own woman when it comes to her career as a jazz musician, as well as a budding record producer for no less than Barbra Streisand.

Yet Krall was never too far away from her daily life as wife and mother when she talked recently about her new album, "Quiet Nights" that hits stores on Tuesday, her studio work with Streisand and performing at the White House.

"This might be my nanny," she apologized, as her cellphone beeped away while talking to Reuters.

"The boys had lunch and are now napping. Everything's good. Elvis is looking after (them) in Vancouver," she sighed, thinking about her two-year-old twins, Dexter and Frank.

Her marriage to Costello in 2003 united two musical forces, and the British rocker's influence seemed evident on Krall's 2004 album "The Girl in the Other Room."

Krall, 44, is best known for her interpretations of jazz standards, but "Girl in the Other Room" included some songs she wrote and composed with Costello. Purists were not completely happy because she was seen as straying from what they expected by performing material that was more contemporary singer/songwriter than jazz.

She recalled that some fans walked out of a show that year at New York's Radio City. "Some people left...(but) I think it's good to do different things because it brings you back and, like this album I've done, I wouldn't be able to do it like I did if I didn't go through this and this and this."

The Canadian singer-pianist said she might want to collaborate on a kids CD with the man she calls Elvis -- at least publicly -- rather than by his given name, Declan.   Continued...

<p>Canadian singer Diana Krall poses for a portrait in New York February 27, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files</p>