Diane Landry

Diane Landry

 Houston, Texas, USA
BandJazz

I'm a singer who interprets classic American songs written by the great American lyricists & composers & who comes alive and is transpsorted into a spiritual dimension when I step onstage to sing.

Biography

With the recent release of her critically acclaimed independent debut CD. "It’s A Lovely Day" and an ongoing slate of high spirited, swinging performances and airplay around the country, Diane Landry is, after too many years of putting her truest heart on the back burner, at last taking charge of her musical destiny and reconnecting with her lifelong dream.

A perfect reflection of the singer’s sultry and passionate personality and her equal love for intimacy and swinging, the emotionally compelling album lives up to its bright and optimistic title with exciting new arrangements of a colorful batch of the singer’s favorite pop and jazz standards by her longtime collaborator and producer, pianist Matt Lemmler. Recorded at The Music Shed in New Orleans, the sessions feature some of the Crescent City’s top jazz musicians, including well known saxophonist John Ellis.

Diane, who began working regularly with Lemmler’s ensemble three years ago after she overwhelmed him at a jam session by taking to the stage and singing “Teach Me Tonight,” began sharing her gift with jazz and pop fans in her hometown of Houston when she was just 11. While performing with the city’s top musicians at premiere supper and night clubs the singer was offered the opportunity to do her first studio recording.

Over the years, as she married and raised her daughter, Diane thought that perhaps she had shut the door on music permanently, but fortunately for her growing legion of fans—and the jazz world at large, which is just starting to catch wind of her vibrant voice and presence—fate had other plans. Three years ago, after her divorce, she found herself at a crossroads. She went back to school with plans of completing her degree and earning a certificate to teach elementary school. But one night friends talked her into getting up on stage and singing with Lemmer. After her impromptu performance, which led him to invite her to join his group, the two launched a friendship and creative partnership that continues to this day.

"It’s A Lovely Day" begins with explosive, hard hitting swing arrangements of “Love Come Back To Me” and “What A Difference A Day Makes” before showcasing her intimate side on tracks like “Blue Moon,” the intensely seductive “Call Me” and “Good Morning Heartache.” She then swings up again with high spirited jaunts through “The Shadow Of Your Smile” and “Just In Time.”

With her eye on the future, Diane is looking forward to hitting the road and sharing her rediscovered musical joy with audiences at festivals throughout the country, even as she continues to wow her longtime fans in Houston and New Orleans.

Discography

"It's a Lovely Day"
1. Lover Come Back to Me
2. What a Difference a Day
Makes
3. Blue Moon
4. Isn't This a Lovely Day?
5. Call Me
6. Easy Livin'
7. Good Morning Heartache
8. Can't We Be Friends?
9. The Shadow of Your Smile
10. You've Changed
11. Just in Time
12. Bye Bye Blackbird

Cuts from "It's a Lovely Day" are getting airplay around the country!!!

Set List

A typical set would be from an hour to 1.5 hours and the # would be determined by the venue. The set list would include most of the tunes from my CD in addition to tunes from the American Songbook and 60's & 70's R&B and pop tunes.