150  Dianne Reeves :: Biography

An artist who embodies jazz's enduring values of elegance, class and improvisational poise (which isn't to say that she can't get earthy when a song requires a little grit), Reeves has won five Grammys, including an unprecedented three consecutive Best Jazz Vocal Performance awards and another for her contributions to the soundtrack of George Clooney's film Good Night and Good Luck.

Whether putting a personal stamp on lilting Brazilian standards, exploring contemporary fare by Ani DiFranco and Stevie Nicks, or interpreting American Songbook classics by the Gershwin, Porter and Berlin, Dianne Reeves always gets to the heart of a song. More than two generations have passed since jazz stars took on aristocratic titles, otherwise Dianne Reeves would surely be known as The Queen.

-- San Francisco Jazz Festival --

Dianne Reeves was born in Detroit, October 23, 1956. At the age of 16, Reeves was singing in her high school big-band at the George Washington High School in Denver. That same year, the band played at a music festival (Convention of the National Association of Jazz Educators). Her band won first place, and it was there she met the trumpeter Clark Terry, who became her mentor.

A year later, Reeves began studying music at the University of Colorado before she moved in 1976 to Los Angeles. While there, her interest in Latin American music grew. She began experimenting with different kinds of vocal music, and finally decided to pursue a career as a singer. She met Eduardo del Barrio, toured with his group Caldera, and sang in Billy Childs' jazz band, Night Flight. Later, she toured with Sergio Mendes.

From 1983 until 1986, Reeves toured with Harry Belafonte as a lead singer. This period saw her first experiences with world music. In 1987, Reeves was the first vocalist signed to the re-activated Blue Note/EMI label.

In 1992, Reeves moved from Los Angeles back to Denver, where she still lives. She sang at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

On May 22, 2015, Reeves received an honorary doctorate from The Juilliard School in New York City.

Grammy Awards

Dianne Reeves has to date won five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for her albums

2001: In the Moment - Live In Concert
2002: The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan
2004: A Little Moonlight
2006: Good Night, and Good Luck (Soundtrack)
2015: Beautiful Life

Dianne Reeves is the only singer to have won this Grammy in three consecutive albums.


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