Dianne Donovan, host of CKUA’s Voices In Jazz, is herself an acclaimed "voice in jazz".
Music has been a part of her life since she was young. One of her first memories is of marching around her living room to Ravel’s “Bolero.” Ever since, her life has literally and figuratively revolved around music. The youngest in a big family, she was exposed to many genres, thanks to her parents and siblings. Whether it was her dad’s big band records or mom’s classical, motown, pop or rock, she soaked it all up.
As a student, Dianne studied music, specializing in vocal performance at Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton.
As a broadcaster, Dianne first hit the airwaves in 1983, on CJSR, the University of Alberta’s campus radio station. She has been a force in radio jazz ever since. In addition to Voices In Jazz, on CKUA, she also broadcasts from multiple stations in Austin, Texas — where she relocated to in 2001.
After years of performing, recording, listening and interviewing many of her idols, Dianne has multiple decades of jazz knowledge and anecdotes in her brain. It all comes out to play during Voices In Jazz. “I try to cover all types of jazz singing on the show: traditional, swing, scat, blues-oriented, vocalese, avant garde. Billie, Sarah, Jon, Kurt, Mose, Carmen, Chet, Ella and more!” she says.
Dianne has two jazz records to her name, one of which was produced by Tommy Banks. She also studied and performed with the famed pianist and conductor (and stalwart CKUA supporter,) something she calls a life-changing experience.
Over the years, her interest in her genre of choice hasn’t waned. “I have a real sense of "wonder" about the transformative power of jazz, music in general, and the many other art forms, and I love to share that with listeners,” she says.
Voices In Jazz
A respected jazz singer in her own right, Dianne Donovan presents the voices and genres of this fascinating and wide-ranging music and its 80-year history. From classic jazz singers like Sinatra and Fitzgerald to choral jazz music like that from the Swingle Singers, Voices in Jazz savours the various slices of the musical pie.
Voices in Jazz
Voices in Jazz