Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...

Season 1 Episode 12

Diana Krall Interviewed By Elton John

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2009 on Sundance Channel
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Episode Summary

Since the penultimate Spectacle episode of the year is 'something completely different', as Monty Python once put it, the producers even changed the title of the show from 'Elvis Costello With …' to 'Diana Krall Interviewed By Elton John'. Other than a wee bit of music, Mr. Costello recuses himself and turns the proceedings over to his wife, Diana Krall, and one of the show's Executive Producers, Elton John. After Elvis opens the affair with a jazzy rendition of his song Almost Blue, Elton joins Diana at a piano where they proceed to discuss jazz, favorite sad songs and the singers who sing them. After a duet with Elton, Diana is joined by Karriem Riggins and Christian McBride, the same rhythm section which played with Herbie Hancock two weeks earlier (and also opened the show with Elvis). After a couple of solo performances, she is joined by Elvis and Elton for a warm and humorous closing number.moreless
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  • Diana Krall is a treasure!

    Of all the guests on Spectacle, Diana Krall proves to be the most open, refreshing, frank and honest. No doubt the interview topics are planned in advance, but Krall's responses are all heartfelt, spontaneous and reveal a passionate love for music, especially when she discusses some of her idols, such as Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole and Joni Mitchell. Her singing and playing on this episode are fabulous and, thankfully, plentiful! The only regret is that we miss a golden opportunity to see Elvis Costello interact more with his wife, for he hands over the guest-host duties to Sir Elton and comes on at the end for a terrific performance of "Makin' Whoopee" with Elton and Diana. Hints of a latter-days Rat Pack camaraderie shine through as the three obviously close friends have a delightful time making music in public.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Song List

      Almost Blue (Written by Elvis Costello)
      Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)
      With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

      But Not For Me (Written by George/Ira Gershwin)
      Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal) Two Arrangements

      Exactly Like You (Written by Nat King Cole)
      Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal)
      With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

      Sorry seems To be The Hardest Word (Written by E. John/B. Taupin)
      Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal) and Elton John (Vocal)

      Happy Go Lucky Local (a.k.a. Night Train) (Written by Duke Ellington)
      Performed by Diana Krall (Piano)
      With Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

      A Case Of You (Written by Joni Mitchell)
      Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal)

      Makin' Whoopee (Written by Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn)
      Performed by Diana Krall (Piano/Vocal)
      With Elton John (Vocal) and Elvis Costello (Vocal)
      Christian McBride (Upright Bass) and Karriem Riggins (Drums)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Diana: But people like Billy Holliday, and Ella Fitzgerald and … they went through a lot … and remained beautiful and true to their art, but I'm not living in that lifetime, and I'm grateful to those artists. I … don't really have time for it. I think, if you're not good, if you're not a good artist, then there's another story where you can go, well … but … you're an entertainer. Or I'm an entertainer and I see the entertainment in what I do … and I also love fashion and I'm a … (singing) "I enjoy being a girl."
      Elton: So do I, luv.
      Diana: Of course. Yes!
      Elton: Give me five.
      Diana: I don't have my tiara with me.

    • Diana: I was really caught up with having a high voice, and I remember, I was auditioning for the youth choir, and I was like (singing) A-a-a-h . . . and they were trying to get … and I had a very, kind of like, scotch-infused voice when I was twelve, so I didn't …
      Elton: That's Canada for you.
      Diana: Yeah, maple-syrup-infused scotch.

    • Elton (referring to Nat King Cole): I remember he did a beautiful version of When I Fall In Love, which is one of my favorite songs, and I'm sure one that you've sung many times, right?
      Diana: I haven't actually sung that one. I'd love to.
      Elton (laughing): You can really make that one miserable.
      Diana: I can … I can find death and loss in Happy Birthday.

    • Diana: I remember I had just come from Antarctica, to Hawaii …
      Elton: As you do.
      Diana: I played in Antarctica, yeah, big audience of penguins, and … they're all in their tuxedos for New Year's Eve, so it was fine.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Diana:… I'm an entertainer, and I also love fashion, and (singing) "I enjoy being a girl."

      Diana is referring to the 1958 Broadway hit musical by Rogers and Hammerstein, Flower Drum Song, which was made into a film in 1961. I Enjoy Being a Girl is a song about how much the character of Nancy Kwan enjoys girlish pursuits such as dressing up, getting a new hair-do, and curling her eyelashes.