Narissa Young and Scott Arkell are presenting a tribute to Diana Krall at the Lighthouse Bistro on March 15. (Photo courtesy Dirk Heydemann)

Nanaimo jazz singer and pianist present musical tribute to Diana Krall

Narissa Young and Scott Arkell both have connections to renowned Nanaimo musician

A Nanaimo jazz vocalist is paying tribute to another Nanaimo jazz vocalist.

On March 15 Narissa Young, along with pianist Scott Arkell, bassist Marisha Devoin, drummer James McRae and guitarist Brad Shipley, is honouring Nanaimo’s Diana Krall with a concert at the Lighthouse Bistro.

Young said Krall was five years ahead of her in school and growing up, Krall was already “the legend in the halls.”

“We were all watching to see where she was going,” she said.

Young got into Krall’s music in the late ’90s as she was going through a separation. She said it was her nightly medicine during that time and she even had the chance to thank Krall in person when she spotted her shopping at the London Drugs where Young worked.

“I thought, ‘OK, put yourself in her shoes. Don’t freak out, don’t fan out on her and just say what’s in your heart and tell her that you appreciate [her music] and that it’s meant a lot to you and let her go about her day,’” she said.

Young said she tried to be unobtrusive and maintained her composure through the encounter, but she was still feeling the adrenaline immediately afterwards as she got back to work.

“I thought I would be fine. Nope. And so when I got back to the sales floor my knees almost buckled. I thought, ‘What is this? What is happening to me right now?’” Young said. “I left the sales floor, went, pulled it together and what I realized is that’s how profoundly music can affect people at a bodily level. Not just emotionally or excitement. I almost fell down.”

Arkell said he also has a connection to Krall as his grandmother was her first piano teacher and her would hear stories about her. He said he’s always looked up to Krall and admires her playing style.

“It’s lyrical but it could also be sparse or it could be like it’s saying a lot all at once,” Arkell said. “She has a very, I would say, advanced ability to communicate moods and feelings through her solos and that’s something that you have to be born with, that talent. You can’t teach that stuff.”

Young said she approaches performing with reverence and responsibility and she hopes to present a show that would make Krall proud.

“She’s living a life that very few get to live,” Young said. “It’s very rare the level that she’s reached and the journey that she’s had … it’s quite an amazing story and I just want to shine some light on that.”

WHAT’S ON … Narissa Young and Scott Arkell present a tribute to Diana Krall at the Lighthouse Bistro, 50 Anchor Way on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20, available at the venue, Fascinating Rhythm or online.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Vancouver Island artist gifts B.C.’s health officer with symbolic hummingbird

A special connection brought the piece to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s desk in Victoria

Victoria arcade coins new business model to reopen

Quazar’s Arcade is allowing group bookings for two-hour time slots

Friends, family mourn Salt Spring Island woman killed in suspected murder-suicide

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Jennifer Quesnel’s three sons

Vancouver Island volunteers checking in on seniors during pandemic

United Way reports 2,600 phone check-ins and 1,300 ‘virtual visits’

University of Victoria chemist works to create at-home COVID-19 test

The test uses a sample of saliva, results are then read by an app

VIDEO: B.C. dentist gets grand welcome home after two months in hospital fighting COVID-19

Michael Chow was given a surprise send off by hospital staff and ‘welcome home’ from neighbours

Lithium-ion battery fire damages suite in Nanaimo

One man displaced from home after battery for radio-controlled toy bursts into flame while charging

‘Like finding a needle in a haystack’: Ancient arrowhead discovered near Williams Lake

The artifact is believed to be from the Nesikip period between 7,500 BP to 6,000 BP

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Indigenous chief alleges RCMP beat him during arrest that began over expired licence plate

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam calling for independent investigation

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Black Lives solidarity demonstration fills Nanaimo park

Anti-racism protest held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Friday afternoon

Most Read