Lively Arts Series Features Acclaimed American Jazz/Pop Singer, Pianist Diane ‘Deedles’ Schuur

by Lauren Somers

Photos by LaniAs part of Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts season, American jazz/pop singer, pianist and Grammy Award winner Diane “Deedles” Schuur will perform songs from her wide-ranging catalog on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $38. Visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for more information and tickets.

Blind since birth but blessed with perfect pitch and the ability to play piano by ear, Schuur has built a solid following by embracing traditional and contemporary jazz, pop, country and rhythm and blues.

“As far back as I can remember, singing was in my blood,” she recalls. “My parents loved music, and I loved to sing. I was scatting at an early age. I was determined to succeed at what I wanted to do. I wasn’t going to let my disability stand in my way.”

Throughout a distinguished career that has earned her two Grammy Awards and three additional nominations, she has recorded nearly two dozen albums over the past three decades―including her latest, “I Remember You: With Love to Stan and Frank,” which pays homage to mentors Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra. She has toured the world, headlined at Carnegie Hall and The White House, and collaborated with an incredibly diverse cross-section of musical greats, from B.B. King, Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra to Barry Manilow, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.

Other performers in this year’s Lively Arts season include Afro-Caribbean jazz trombonist Papo Vázquez on Nov. 22; master guitarist Lionel Loueke on Jan. 24; Grammy-winning jazz-soul fusion artist Gregory Porter on Feb. 8; Thelonious Monk Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant on Feb. 21; Latin American folkloric and jazz musician Miguel Zenón on March 21; and legendary harmonica player Grégoire Maret on April 18.

The College’s Lively Arts programs have connected the community for more than a quarter century. In addition to performances from internationally acclaimed artists, each season features a Young Arts Explorers series; student choral, jazz ensemble, guitar, dance and theater performances; the Presidential Symposium and Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice; and the Betzwood Film Festival. Most Lively Arts events are held at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, with selected events held offsite or at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown. Tickets can be purchased individually or as part of a season subscription. Season subscription benefits include premium guaranteed seating and savings on regular ticket prices.

For more information, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts, email livelyarts@mc3.edu or call the Box Office at 215-641-6518. Follow the College’s “Destination Arts” page on Facebook at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

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