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Dianne Reeves (Detroit, October 23, 1956) is a GRAMMY-winning jazz singer. Commentator Scott Yanow said of her, "A logical successor to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae. Reeves is a superior interpreter of lyrics and a skilled scat singer."
Dianne Reeves with the Boston Pops
June 1, 2007
|Birth name||Dianne Elizabeth Reeves|
October 23, 1956 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
Dianne Elizabeth Reeves was born into a musical family. Her father sang, her mother played trumpet, her uncle is bassist Charles Burrell, and her cousin is George Duke. Although she was born in Detroit, she was raised in Denver. In 1971 she started singing and playing piano.
She was a member of her high school band, and while performing at a convention in Chicago was noticed by trumpeter Clark Terry, who invited her to sing with him: "He had these amazing all-star bands, but I had no idea who they all were! The thing I loved about it was the way they interacted with each other - the kind of intimate exchange that I wasn't part of. For a young singer, it was fertile soil." She studied classical voice at the University of Colorado for a time, then moved to Los Angeles, where she sang with Stanley Turrentine and Lenny White. She became a member of the jazz fusion group Caldera (produced by Larry Dunn), then founded another fusion group, Night Flight, with Billy Childs, with whom she would collaborate again in the 1990s. She moved to New York City and from 1983 to 1986 toured with Harry Belafonte.
She signed with Blue Note Records in 1987, staying with the label until 2009, and she subsequently signed with Concord Records. In the late 1980s, she had major success with a crossover song called "Better Days", often times referred to as "The Grandma Song", because she pays homage to grandmother in that song.
In 2005, she featured in the George Clooney film Good Night, And Good Luck singing 1950s standards, (including "How High the Moon", "I've Got My Eyes on You", "Too Close For Comfort", "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "One for My Baby"), and in 2006 the album of the soundtrack won the GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female:
- 2003: Honorary doctorate, Berklee College of Music 
- 2015: Best Album, Jazz FM Awards, Beautiful Life
- 2015: Honorary doctorate, The Juilliard School
- 1982: Welcome to My Love (Palo Alto)
- 1985: For Every Heart (TBA)
- 1987: Dianne Reeves (Blue Note)
- 1989: Never Too Far (featuring the single "Come In") (Blue Note)
- 1991: I Remember (Blue Note)
- 1994: Art & Survival (Blue Note)
- 1995: Quiet After the Storm (Blue Note)
- 1996: The Palo Alto Sessions 1981-1985 (Blue Note) compilation
- 1996: The Grand Encounter (Blue Note)
- 1997: That Day... (Blue Note)
- 1997: New Morning [live] (Blue Note)
- 1999: Bridges (Blue Note)
- 2000: In the Moment – Live in Concert (Blue Note)
- 2001: The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan (Blue Note)
- 2002: The Best of Dianne Reeves (Blue Note) compilation
- 2003: A Little Moonlight (Blue Note)
- 2004: Christmas Time Is Here (Blue Note)
- 2005: Good Night, and Good Luck (Original Soundtrack) (Concord)
- 2007: Music for Lovers (Blue Note) compilation
- 2008: When You Know (Blue Note)
- 2014: Beautiful Life (Concord)
- 1975: Best of Ronnie Laws
- 1976: Yesterday's Dreams (Alphonso Johnson)
- 1977: Comin' Through (Eddie Henderson); From Me to You (George Duke); Sky Islands (Caldera)
- 1978: Black Forest (Luis Conte); Kinsman Dazz (Kinsman Dazz); Steamline (Lenny White)(background); Time and Chance (Caldera)
- 1979: Splendor (Splendor)
- 1981: Seduzir (Djavan)
- 1981: Tender Togetherness (Stanely Turrentine)
- 1984: Fiesta (Victor Feldman)
- 1985: Ebony Rain (Mark Winkler); Magnetic (Steps Ahead); Streetshadows (David Diggs)
- 1986: This Side Up (David Benoit)
- 1988: Joy Rider (Wayne Shorter)
- 1989: At Last (Lou Rawls); Ballads (Lou Rawls); Best of Feldman and the Generation Band (Victor Feldman's Generation Band); Straight to My Heart: The Music of Sting (Bob Belden Ensemble)
- 1990: Nova Collection '90 (Various); Yule Struttin' (Various)
- 1991: Continuing the Legacy of Black Music... (Various); Free Play (Eduardo Del Barrio); Keys to Life (Ben Tankard)
- 1992: Christmas Carols & Sacred Songs (Boys Choir of Harlem); Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration (Various); Legendary Lou Rawls (Lou Rawls); Moonlight Love: Soft Sounds for a Summer Night (Various)
- 1993: Journey (McCoy Tyner Big Band); Let Your Love Flow (Solomon Burke)(background); When the Time is Right (Javon Jackson)
- 1994: Blue Note Now! (Various); For the Love of Music (Lionel Hampton); I've Known Rivers (Billy Childs); Shades of Blue (Bob Belden)
- 1995: Esquire Jazz Collection: Crosstown Traffic (Various); Jazz to the World (Various); Rhythm & Blues Christmas [Cema] (Various); Today's Stars Sing Holiday Classics (Various)
- 1996: Bob Beldon Presents Strawberry Fields (Various); Doky Brothers, Vol. 2 (Niels Lan Doky & Chris Minh Doky); Never Ending Game, Vol. 1 (Dreadformation); New Groove: The Blue Note Remix Project, Vol. 1 (Various); Panasonic Village Jazz Festival 1996 (Various); Place of Hope (Various); Soulful Sounds of Christmas [One Way] (Various); Strawberry Fields (Bob Belden); World Christmas (Various)
- 1997: 1997 Panasonic Village Jazz Festival (Various); Best of George Duke: The Elektra Years (George Duke)(background); Fiesta & More (Victor Feldman); Is Love Enough? (George Duke) (background); Last Time I Committed Suicide (Original Soundtrack); Monk on Monk (T.S. Monk); Sample This (Joe Sample); Sleep Warm (Various); Slow Jams: On the Jazz Tip, Vol. 1 (Various); Soul Control (Gerald Veasley); That Old Feeling (Original Soundtrack); Yule Be Boppin' (Various); Great Jazz Vocalists Sing Strayhorn & Ellington (Various); Ultimate Nina Simone (Nina Simone)
- 1998 :Afro-Cuban Fantasy (Cabildo) (Poncho Sanchez); Blue Box, Vol. 2: Finest Jazz Vocalists (Various); Blue Note Salutes Motown (Various); Blue Note Years 1939–1999 (Various); Chez Toots (Toots Thielemans); Colors of a Band (Peter Herbolzheimer); Minh Chris (Minh Doky); Seasons 4 U (Lou Rawls); Soulful Divas, Vol. 3: Softly with a Song (Various); Soulful Divas, Vol. 5: Ladies of Jazz N Soul (Various); Ultimate Divas [Box] (Various); We've Got What You Need (James Williams & ICU)
- 1999: Afro Blue (Various); Art & Soul (Renee Rosnes); Beach Music Anthology, Vol. 2 (Various); Best Blue Note Album in the World Ever (Various); Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz (Various); Blue Movies: Scoring for the Studio (Various); Blue Note Years, Vol. 6: New Era 1975–1998 (Various); Blue Note Years, Vol. 7: Blue Note Now & Then (Various); Blue Valentines (Various); Down Here Below (Jeffery Smith); Edge (Lenny White); Jazznavour (Charles Aznavour); Just the Ticket (Original Soundtrack) (background); Live at the Blue Note: 75th Birthday Celebration (Chico & Von Freeman); Live in Swing City: Swingin with the Duke (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis); Manhattan Melodies (Eric Reed); Native Voices (Various); R 'N' Browne (Tom Browne); Tribute to Ellington (Daniel Barenboim)
- 2000: 30 Years of Montreux Jazz Festival (Various); Anthology (Eddie Henderson) (background); Going Home: Tribute To Duke Ellington (Various); Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins (Jason Miles/Various); Never Gonna Give Up (Lorrich); Pure Cool (Various); Sci-Fi (Christian McBride); Smooth and Straight (Various); Smooth Grooves: Jazzy Soul, Vol. 2 (Various); Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Rodney Whitaker)
- 2001: Dear Louis (Nicholas Payton); Identity Crisis (Affirmation); Let's Get Lost: The Songs of Jimmy McHugh (Terence Blanchard); Phonography (DJ Smash); With a Little Help From My Friends (Renee Rosnes)
- 2002: At His Best (Solomon Burke) (background); Café (Trio da Paz); I Heard It on NPR: Jazz for Blue Nights (Various); Incredible Solomon Burke at His Best (Solomon Burke)(background); Lenny White Collection (Lenny White); Pump It Up (Les McCann); Tom Browne Collection (Tom Browne)
- 2003: I Heard It on NPR CD Box Set: Jazz for Blue Nights (Various); Midnight Music (Various); Wise Children (Tom Harrell)
- 2004: Blue Note Plays the Beatles (Various); Colors of Latin Jazz: Música Romántica (Various): The Magic Hour (Wynton Marsalis)
- 2006: The Phat Pack (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
- 2014: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Billy Childs)
- Ashyia N. Henderson Contemporary Black Biography: 0787659134 – 2002 -"born Dianne Reeves, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan. … 1977; Welcome to My Love, 1977; The Palo Alto Sessions, 1 981; Better Days, 1987; Come In, 1989; Never Too Far, 1990; Dianne Reeves, 1991; Art & Survival, 1993; Quiet After The Storm, ..."
- Scott Yanow (1956-10-23). "Dianne Reeves | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
- Frederickson, Scott; Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 390. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
- John L. Walters, "Keeping it real", The Guardian, April 4, 2008.
- "In Conversation: Dianne Reeves", Rehearsal Magazine.
- Christopher Loudon, "Dianne Reeves: The JazzTimes Interview", JazzTimes, 4 August 2014.
- "Dr. Dianne Reeves, Students Play Blue Note, David Azarian Benefit", AllAboutJazz, May 1, 2003.
- Edward Michael Pavlić Crossroads Modernism. "In the song 'Come In,' contemporary jazz singer Dianne Reeves meditates on the risks of issuing calls that fall on deaf ears: "If you think they're ready to hear you/you may tell one or two what you know."
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dianne Reeves.|
- Official website
- Interview video Bamboo-music.com (English & French)
- "In Conversation with Dianne Reeves" by Thierry Quénum
- Dianne Reeves with Russel Malone (2011) on YouTube
- Felix Contreras, "Dianne Reeves: A Jazz Voice With Pop Sensibilities", NPR, February 1, 2011.