March 5, 2020

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Dianne Reeves- KSDS Presents The All-Time Top Listener-Favorite Female Vocalists

Dianne Reeves was born with the gift of music in her blood.  Her father was a singer, her mother played the trumpet, bassist Charles Burrell is her uncle, and her cousin is George Duke. While playing with her high school band, she was heard at a convention by Clark Terry, who then invited her to sing with his band.  In addition to finding her jazz voice, Reeves studied classical voice at the University of Colorado.  Both areas of study are clearly heard in her pure, versatile,  commanding voice.  Her recording career has seen her win five Grammy Awards, including her soundtrack for the 2005 film "Good Night, and Good Luck" in which she played the singer in the studio band.  Watch for scenes with her in the studio laying down music with Peter Martin, Christoph Luty, Jeff Hamilton, and Matt Catingub.   

With over twenty albums to her credit, Reeves has shared her gift of song interpretation, by swinging through the classics of the 1950s, by melding the Latin, R&B, and Pop elements into fresh sounding jazz, and by feeling at home with just a piano accompaniment or stepping out to front a full orchestra.  Her music, the warmth and depth of her voice honor the legends who sang before her and pave the way for the young singers seeking their own mentors and idols.

Dianne Reeves has no doubt made her place in jazz vocal history.  In 2003, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, as well as an honorary doctorate from The Juilliard School in 2015.  In 2018, Reeves was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.  She continues to tour with dates this month in Canada, Sweden, and France.