Dianne Reeves

Sept, 1 - 2012

Is Dianne Reeves the last of the great female jazz divas? If you take diva to mean a singer with awesome vocal skills, electrifying presence, remarkable range, and the unfailing ability to lift listeners, the answer may be yes. Bending, dipping and re-shaping notes, and sparking drama in her songs, la Reeves has the rare ability to make any song her own. Strongly influenced by Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter, the 55-year-old Denver native  has become a major influence herself.

As she demonstrated on the soundtrack of Good Night, and Good Luck, the 2005 film about TV legend Edward R. Murrow, Reeves is an elegant interpreter of jazz standards.  But she won’t be contained by genre, or words. Her repertoire includes songs by Bob Marley, Ani DiFranco and Leonard Cohen; her own spiritually tinged tunes, which are frequently kissed by African and West Indian styles, and scat excursions. She is a lively monologist, sharing wisdom from her varied experience  – a diva for all seasons. She will be backed by pianist Peter Martin (her musical director), guitarist Peter Sprague, bassist Reginald Veal and drummer Terreon Gully.

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