Dianne Reeves, vocals | Peter Martin, piano | Romero Lubambo, guitar | Reginald Veal, bass | Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
Deftly mingling jazz with shades of pop, worldbeat and R&B, the five time Grammy-winning vocalist has built an impressive 25 year career dominating the charts and leading the genre into new, exciting directions. The elegant singer possesses a timeless, buttery alto that often conjures the spirit of Sarah Vaughan, but Reeves’ interpretive skills and powerfully emotive delivery illustrate her own particular artistry.
Reeves grew up in Denver in a highly musical family (her cousin was the famed producer and pianist George Duke), and was exposed to the great jazz singers like Ella Fitzgeral, Billie Holiday and especially Sarah Vaughan at a young age. After moving to Los Angeles in the late 70’s, she began to experiment with different kinds of music, especially Latin fusion, touring with the Latin funk group Caldera and later with Sergio Mendes. For three years (1983-86), Reeves toured with Harry Belafonte as the lead singer in his band, but by 1987 she was signed by Blue Note and started her solo career in earnest with a eponymous release that included the hit “Better Days.”
That began a stretch of fifteen releases over twenty on the label, the singer expertly finding the sweet spot between jazz, R&B and pop to become one of the most acclaimed vocalists of her time. Her last record (and first since leaving Blue Note) was 2014’s Beautiful Life, a universally revered album that scored a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Just this year she was named a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts ‘Jazz Master.’
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