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American Voices: Jazz Master Session with Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent female jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings-a Grammy first in any vocal category. Reeves appeared in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, the Academy Award-nominated film that chronicles Edward R. Murrow's confrontation with Senator Joseph McCarthy. The soundtrack recording of Good Night, and Good Luck provided Reeves her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy in 2006.
Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy-winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of ten standards featuring her touring trio. When Reeves's first holiday collection, Christmas Time is Here, was released in 2004, Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raved, "Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD's I've heard." In 2007, Reeves was featured in an award-winning documentary on the all-too-brief life of Billy Strayhorn. Her first solo album in several years, When You Know, was released in 2008. Since then, she has been touring the world in a variety of contexts, including Sing the Truth, a musical celebration of Nina Simone which also featured Liz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. Reeves performed at the White House State Dinner honoring President of China, Hu Jintao in 2011 and in February 2012 she was honored to return to the White House as the featured performer at the Governors Ball. A new album is due later this year, which is being produced by Terri Lyne Carrington.
Ms. Reeves appeared on "Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center" in 1995. She performed twice with her Quintet on February 4, 1998 and January 17, 2002, and with trumpeter Terence Blanchard in a special program entitled "Let's Get Lost" on March 21, 2003. She was featured with pianist Peter Martin as part of the Kennedy Center's Twelfth Annual Spring Gala in the Concert Hall on April 25, 2004. She sang with the Peter Martin Trio on February 14, 2005, and as part of a Tribute to Lady Day in Billie & Me in the Concert Hall on November 19, 2005. Ms. Reeves appeared in the Family Theater on October 5 & 6, 2007. She returned with her special Christmas Time Is Here on December 18, 2009 in the Terrace Theater, and performed in the Terrace Theater again for "A Tribute to Abby Lincoln" on May 20, 2011 as part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. She also performed with her own group in the Terrace Theater on February 17, 2012.
Current as of July 2013