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Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves
@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
4 July 2015

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Biography

Blue Note recording artist Dianne Reeves is renown for her improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B styling, Reeves was awarded the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category.

Dianne Reeves was born in Detroit, Michigan 1956. She grew up in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado in the mid 70’s. Trumpeter Clark Terry invited Reeves to perform in his band after spotting her singing at a National Association of Jazz Educators convention. Reeves would continue to perform in Clark’s band for several years while continuing her education at the University of Colorado. After completing her studies she relocated to Los Angeles to concentrate on her career. She worked as a studio artist, recording with Lenny White, Stanley Turrentine, and Alphonos Johnson. She also began working with Billy Childs, developing a musical relationship that would continue for a decade. In the late Seventies Reeves performed with the group Night Flight.

In 1981 Reeves auditioned for and won a spot with Sergio Mendes' world tour group. A year later she recorded her debut album “Welcome to My Love” (produced with Billy Childs). Welcome to My Love included many of Reeves’ own compositions including “Better Days”," which entered the jazz charts.

In the mid 1980’s Reeves began working with Harry Belafonte. Though she had already honed her jazz pop fusion styling, her performances with Belafonte would encourage her to expand her musical repertoire. She has credited Belafonte for her introduction to the rhythms of West Africa and the West Indies. Reeves continued this exploration by experimenting with music from Brazil and Cuba, as well as venturing into the rhythms of early African-American folk music such as field hollers and slave songs.

In 1986 Reeves formed a trio with Billy Childs. They would perform at clubs and venues throughout the United States. It would take just a year, and a Grammy-nominated performance at the “Echoes of Ellington” concert for Reeves to be signed to the renowned Blue Note Label. Her much celebrated self titled 1987 album would include personnel such as George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Paulinho da Costa and Stanley Clarke.

Reeves added R&B component to her next album “Never Too Far” (1989) led her to an even wider audience, but jazz purists were beginning to question her choice of material and direction. In 1991, “I Remember” was released to rave reviews from her newfound fans and Jazz purists alike.

Reeves appeared and performed in George Clooney’s Academy Award nominated film “Good Night, and Good Luck”. The soundtrack recording of “Good Night, and Good Luck” provided Reeves her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy in 2006. In 2007 Reeves was featured in a documentary on the life of Billy Strayhorn.

Further Reeves releases would raise questions as well as acclaim, but there is no doubt that Reeves’ popularity continues to grow across the globe. Reeves has firmly established herself as a versatile reliable performer who not only produces consistent explorative quality recordings, she also continues to surprise and shine in a live environment.

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A little Moonlight Christmas Time Is Here The Calling Bridges
Dianne Reeves  Quiet After The Storm Dianne Reeves I Remember In The Moment

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