Diana Krall got more interested in pianist singers such as Shirley Horn, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and especially Carmen Mc Rae. Maybe most important of all of Diana Krall’s teachers through the years of her growth into a jazz-diva as she is today, Jimmy Rowles encouraged Diana Krall to sing as she plays a piano. Diana was impressed with singing and piano playing of Nat King Cole. She often mentions Nat King Cole as her ideal singing pianist performer.
During three years in Los Angeles, Diana Krall occasionally played with Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton. They performed as a trio and also recorded her first album "Stepping Out" recorded at Kingsound Studios, North Hollywood, California on October 18 & 19, 1992 and Group IV Recording, Hollywood, California.
Diana Krall moved to Toronto in 1997 where her new mentor Don Thompson, bass and piano player, continued to develop her talent as all earlier mentors did as well. She moved to New York in 1990 and performed in trio with Whit Browne (bass) and Klaus Suonsaari (drums), but mostly in Boston at weekends. On tours in Europe and Japan and recordings she played with many well-known jazz musicians.
David E. Thigpen,