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Dianne Reeves Biography

The preeminent Jazz vocalist alive today, Dianne Reeves’ stellar voice, which embodies the long Jazz tradition while remaining distinctive and original, has earned her numerous accolades along with the stunning achievement of having her last 3 albums consecutively earn the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.

Born in Denver, Reeves was not only the child of musical parents, but also an extended family which includes pianist George Duke and Charles Burell, a bass player with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. It was Burrell who introduced Reeves to the Jazz singers of old like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughn. She sang in her High School’s Big Band, through which she met her trumpeter Clark Terry, who helped influence her to become a professional Jazz singer.

Reeves spent a year at the University of Colorado, before relocating to Los Angeles to focus on her music career. She spent stints working with Eduardo del Barrio, Billy Childs, and touring with Brazilian composer Sergio Mendes, before spending for 3 years working as the lead singer for Harry Belafonte. Exposure from her time with Belafonte paid off when, in 1987, Reeves became the first vocalist signed to Blue Note Records.
 
Since then, Reeves has recorded more then 15 Albums, earning a copious amount of honors and accolades. Besides having been anointed Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (for which Reeves oversees the Jazz programming at both the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall), Reeves also performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, received the Ella Fitzgerald Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and won 4 prestigious Grammy Awards.

Both inside and out of the Jazz world, Dianne Reeves is in the most elite category of vocalists. A Jazz icon in every sense of the word, Reeves is nonetheless a fearless singer, unafraid to break the mold by experimenting outside her genre. Her expansive range, precise pitch, rhythmic and instinctual timing, and powerful yet graceful style have created an intoxicating sound for the singer who enchants and fascinates everyone and anyone lucky enough to hear her beautiful voice.