Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves makes her Chan Centre debut on February 22. Featuring songs from her most recent album Beautiful Life, Reeves will also perform favourites from previous recordings, plus some new works. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. Musical Pedigree
Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Dianne Reeves hails from a wholly musical family. Reeves’ father was a vocalist, her mother played the trumpet, her uncle is famed bassist Charles Burrell, and her late cousin George Duke was a pioneer in both jazz and popular genres.
2. Memorable Mentors
As a child, Reeves’ mother encouraged her love for music, setting her on the path to study with jazz mentors such as jazz greats Clark Terry and Phil Moore.
3. Touring with the Greats
Known for working with fellow musical greats, Reeves has toured with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Eduardo del Barrio, and Sergio Mendes. She has recorded and performed with several symphony orchestras, including with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and served as the first creative chair for jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Reeves
4. Multiple Grammys
The jazz powerhouse has accumulated five Grammy Awards, most recently in 2015 for her album Beautiful Life.
5. Hollywood Connection
As an ancillary event to her concert, the Chan Centre in partnership with The Cinematheque, will present a screening of the 2006 Academy-Award winning historic drama Good Night, and Good Luck. The soundtrack is sung entirely by Dianne Reeves, with a small jazz ensemble, and won the 2006 Grammy award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.