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Diane Daly: Bio

Diane Daly is a vocalist of moody contrasts and evocative depth combined with a smoky style from a bygone era. Certainly one who cannot be easily pigeonholed into one particular style, Diane has spent her musical career exploring a world of music from the strictest classical solos to avant-garde cabaret. Diane's musical education began with studies at Maryland college and stints as a member and soloist with St. Matthews Cathedral Choir. She then followed her heart to Australia to explore another world of music from acapella choirs to theatre and cabaret performances. After returning to the D.C. area in 2002, Diane revived her love of jazz vocals through study at the Elliston Music Studio and found a new musical voice. Under the guidance of Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston, Diane developed a style and delivery of jazz and blues that is all her own. She's even been know to infuse the odd pop-tune with her jazzy style. Working with the ESM also gave Diane access to some of the best musicians in the Washington DC/Baltimore metro area. She has been fortunate to share the stage with such notable musicians as Keter Betts, James King, the Eric Byrd Trio, Chris Grasso, the Wayne Wilentz trio, Wade Beach, Project Natale, Peter Edelman, Collector's Edition, Paul Carr, the FAB Trio, Tom Lagana, Benjie Porecki, Vince Evans, the Kash Wright Trio, and a great many other fabulous players. Since the ESM days, Diane has also had the opportunity to learn from other jazz-vocal greats including: Rebecca Parris, Giacomo Gates, Kitty Margolis, and Kurt Elling. All of this work has given Diane the opportunity to play at some of the sweetest venues in the area, such as the Kennedy Center, the East Coast and Mid Atlantic Jazz Festivals, the Westlawn Inn, Patterson Park, Twins Jazz, Ellington's on 8th, Georgia Browns, Utopia, Jazz Night in SouthWest at Westminster, 49 West, Saphrons, Back Creek Bistro, ArtsFest at Anne Marie Gardens, Sotterly WineFest and select venues in Europe and Australia. In 2006 Diane released her debut album 'I Ain't Blue' on the Backstreet Records label. The record is a collection of jazz standards and contemporary compositions, showcasing a variety of musical influences from Billie Holiday to Pheobe Snow. "The eclecticism of this CD is a paean to Diane's versatility", writes producer and collaborator Wayne Wilentz in the album's liner notes, "It isn't easy to cover Rogers and Hammerstein and Crowded House in the same recording and make it sound seamless - but that is exactly what she has done. Everything on this recording is sung with feeling, exquisite tone and accurate pitch. Have I mentioned that I like her voice? A whole lot? Well, I do!" The deep emotional connection Diane has with music is apparent from the opening notes, captivating her audience with a sound that emanates straight from the heart.