Heralded as one of the best jazz singers in years, Dianne Reeves has come a long way from singing in her high school choir. She has played in jazz festivals all over the world and worked with some of the finest jazz musicians today. She has a worldwide following and has sold out tickets on her international tours. Her albums have topped the charts and become the pinnacle for aspiring jazz artists.
Dianne Reeves was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1956 but was raised in Denver, Colorado after the age of two. She loved music from an early age and started singing as soon as possible. Dianne sang with the high school big band and performed at the National Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Chicago. It was there that she was spotted by Terry Clark, an acclaimed swing trumpeter. Terry encouraged her to continue her study of music, and she attended the University of Colorado, where she was able to perform with him.
To pursue music full-time, Dianne Reeves moved to California. In the mid-1970s Dianne was in high demand and recorded with artists such as drummer Lenny White and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. In 1978 she began working with pianist Billy Childs who encouraged her to experiment and develop her own solo work. Her first big exposure came in 1981 when she went on her first international tour with Sergio Mendes.
Dianne Reeves' first album was released a year later. Her first two albums, WELCOME TO MY LOVE and FOR EVERY HEART, were minor successes. Her big break came when the president of Blue Notes Records saw her at an Echoes of Ellington concert in LA. The result was a new, self-titled album, which featured George Duke, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Stanley Clarke, and Billy Childs. After that, she launched her own international tour.
She continued recording, and her most successful releases included I REMEMBER (1990), QUIET AFTER THE STORM (1995), BRIDGES (1999), IN THE MOMENT (2000), THE BEST OF DIANNE REEVES (2002), THE CALLING: CELEBRATING SARAH VAUGHAN (2002), and A LITTLE MOONLIGHT (2003). Despite her busy recording schedule, Dianne Reeves has been able to do a great deal of performing. She performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Games and sang on the season finale of HBO's 'Sex in the City'.
Dianne has toured all over the United States and abroad, selling tickets in Europe, Japan, and Canada. Dianne Reeves' rich voice and laudable jazz music has garnered her a substantial international following as well as her many domestic fans. Dianne has won two Grammy Awards and received the Ella Fitzgerald Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Her album I REMEMBER was number one on jazz charts for twelve weeks. Due to her musical talent, Dianne has even been appointed Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her versatility and range allows her to sing a wide variety of jazz music, and she draws on this strength to create music that pleases all her fans.
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