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Savor songs to soothe

By JONATHAN MILTON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 17, 2002


If milk chocolate had a voice, it might sound like the voice of Diana Krall.

From age 4, Krall dedicated herself to playing the piano. By age 15, she was performing standards for the weekend crowd at a local steak and brew. She later won a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee School of Music, where she studied intensely for two years.

A move to Los Angeles yielded some important mentors: legendary bassist Ray Brown, Hollywood Bowl musical director John Clayton, and the late Jimmy Rowles, who first encouraged Krall to sing. It was in L.A. that Krall began the woodshedding that would be the foundation of her career.

In 1999, she won a Grammy and became the first jazz artist in 25 years to be nominated in the Album of the Year category. Soon, Diana was heard everywhere, from the Lilith Fair to Sex in the City. Many may remember Peel Me a Grape, a song of love and food, splashed with jazzy chords and tasty lyrics. Krall has since been in the recording studio cooking up something called The Look of Love.

The first song on the album is SWonderful. Piano chords introduce the first whispers of Krall's sweet voice. Once you hear the first song, you find yourself wanting more.

If the album is that good, how is the live performance?

Saturday, many local Krall fans have the opportunity to see and hear for themselves at Ruth Eckerd Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49; $55 ($75 limited VIP seating). For information, call (727) 791-7400.

17 -- TODAY

THE BEACH BOYS: And you thought the Backstreet Boys were the first boy band around. Guess again. These guys have had the gig way longer. They're coming to the bay area, bringing hits such as Surfin USA, Surfin Safari and Surfer Girl. 8 p.m.; Bayfront Center Arena; $18-$50. Call (727) 898-2100.

WILL QUINIAN & PAGAN SAINTS: Pop at the park. Can you think of a better way to start a weekend? 7 p.m.; Lowry Park Bandshell; free.

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: Guest pianists Orli Shaham, Jon Kimura Parker and Andre-Michel Schub perform piano works by Gershwin, Grieg and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; 8 p.m. Call 229-7827

JETHRO TULL: From gardening to rock. Who ever thought an inventor of a drill-like tool to plant seeds would go down in rock music history? Probably no one, but things happen. Jethro Tull is the name of an 18th century agriculturist. The band liked the name. The real Tull did play organ, but not like Jethro Tull. The group combines hard-thumping rock with traditional Celtic melodies. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; Tickets: $39.50; $45 ($55 limited VIP seating), Call (727) 971-7400.

NEW WORKS: Jack Barrett opens his third solo exhibition at Hyde Park Fine Arts with new paintings and mixed media works. This time around, he shows works that are whimsical, dramatic and dark. Exhibit runs through June 22. Opening reception tonight, 7-9 p.m. Hyde Park Fine Arts Museum, 937 S Howard Ave. Call 258-8883.

18 -- SATURDAY

LA VERBENA DE LA PALOMA: What is Madrid without a classic love story? It's not Madrid. The Spanish Lyric Theatre stages a love story based in 1890s Madrid. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $20-$25. Call 229-7827.

ANTIQUE EVALUATION SATURDAY: You know the dish that Grandma gave you last week? It may be worth money. For $5, the University of Tampa will appraise three of your dusty belongings. (Remember to take the roast off the dish first.) 10 a.m. to noon; Plant Hall Grand Salon.

SPACE STATION: You could pay millions for a trip to the space station, much like Lance Bass. Or, you could get a look for as little as $13.95. The IMAX theater at the Museum of Science and Industry launches the film Space Station this weekend. Viewers travel 200 miles above the Earth and hear the perspective of the crew who built and studied the international space station. MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave. Tampa; $9.95-$13.95. Call 986-6100.

19 -- SUNDAY

$2 COMMUNITY DAY: Got two bucks? If so, you're guaranteed a ticket to the Lowry Park Zoo. Today, the zoo offers a special deal, allowing the community to visit more than 1,600 creatures for only $2. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. Call 935-8552.

BASEBALL: DAYTONA CUBS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 1 p.m.; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 879-2244.

20 -- MONDAY

BASEBALL: DAYTONA CUBS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 879-2244.

21 -- TUESDAY

PANAMA RED: The Tampa Bay area isn't known as a hotbed of country music. But St. Petersburg native Danny Finley has been involved in the country scene for a good while. Fans gather to hear him play. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse; $7. Call 971-0666. BASEBALL: DAYTONA CUBS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 879-2244.

BASEBALL: ACC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT.: The 29th annual Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament kicks off. (More games scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday.) 7:30 p.m.; Florida Power Park; $6 general admission. Call 287-8844.

22 -- WEDNESDAY

BONNIE RAITT: Look out, here she comes, the Queen of Blues. She's had the fame; she's had the shame. She's won nine Grammys, including three for the '89 comeback, Nick of Time. She's also battled alcoholism. Raitt has inspired many of the female artists today, and she continues to inspire many more upcoming artists. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $39.50-$60. Call 287-8844.

23 -- THURSDAY

GARY VALENTINE: You've seen him on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Night Show with Conan O'Brien, The King of Queens, and recently as the co-host of The X Show. Now see him live at the Improv. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant, Centro Ybor; $12-$16. Call 864-4000.

SIDE MAN: The Tony Award-winning play about a side man of the '40s Big Bands. 7 p.m.; Gorilla Theatre; $22-$19. Call 879-2914. MYTHS AND DREAMS: An exhibit exploring the cultural legacies of Florida and the Caribbean. Viewing and reception at 6 p.m. Runs through the end of the month; Tampa Bay History Center; free. Call 228-0097.

NEXT WEEKEND

  • FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: Gershwin, By George. May 24, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • LIT: May 25, Jannus Landing.
  • BRETT BUTLER: May 24, Side Splitters.
  • STAR FEST 2002: May 25, Vinoy Park.
  • TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY: May 25, Treasure Island.
  • INVADERS AT THE AQUARIUM: May 25, Florida Aquarium.
  • GERALD LEVERT: May 26, USF Sun Dome.
  • CHICAGO: May 31, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • DEATHTRAP: May 31, Carrollwood Players Inc.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY: May 27, Mahaffey Theater.
  • DON REESE: May 28, Side Splitters.
  • THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES: May 28, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • MELISSA ETHERIDGE: June 7, Ice Palace.
  • JEWEL: June 14, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • RICKEY SMILEY: June 16-18, The Improv Theater.
  • USHER: July 13, Ice Palace.
  • DAVE KOZ: June 15, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • GOO GOO DOLLS: June 15, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • OZZFEST 2001: July 26, Mars Music Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach.
  • THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON: Aug. 20, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

-- Want to send out an RSVP to the Tampa area? Fax press releases at least 10 days before publication to Jonathan Milton at 226-3381, or mail to 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602. Jonathan's phone number is 226-3321 and e-mail is milton@sptimes.com.

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