A native of Chicago's South Side, Diane gravitated to jazz from a young age. At the age of 8 she would sit at the old upright piano in her father's basement workshop, close her eyes, and play only the black keys. The minor and moody notes enthralled her and carried her to an imaginary place. Later, when her father came home with an album by a singer named Ella Fitzgerald, Diane was introduced to swing and was mesmerized by a song entitled 'That Old Black Magic'. When other children were out playing, she was glued to the stereo memorizing every word and note, fascinated by Ella's voice and innate sense of rhythm. Throughout her elementary, high school and college years she immersed herself in music and stage performance - studying voice and participating in every musical opportunity that presented itself. At age 20, after graduating from college, she moved to Los Angeles, CA. where she began performing with her first jazz quartet. For the next 17 years she honed her vocal skills as a freelance vocalist, working with some of L.A.'s finest musicians. Since moving to Seattle, WA. in 1992, Diane has continued to develp her own individual style and musical relationship with jazz. It's conversational quality and non-restrictive opportunities for phrasing suit her voice and intuitive musical sensibilties. This CD is her first offering, with more to come. Enjoy!