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Release: Jan. 10, 2003
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GRAMMY-WINNING JAZZ DIVA DIANNE REEVES PERFORMS IN HANCHER FEB. 1
diva Dianne Reeves, a two-time Grammy Award winner and five-time nominee,
will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in Hancher Auditorium on the University
of Iowa campus.
Female Singer of the Year in the 2001 Jazz Journalists Awards, Reeves also
won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance 2001 for In the Moment,
and followed that up in 2002 with a Grammy for The Calling, her
tribute to her idol, Sarah Vaughan.
With the passing in recent years of Vaughan and several other legendary female
vocalists, some jazz fans were left wondering if anyone of their caliber could
Rex Reed, writing in the New York Observer, claimed emphatically that he
has the answer: One question I am always asked: Who is the next Billie,
Sarah, Ella, Carmen or Lena? I can now answer in two words: Dianne Reeves.
She sings and swings like all of them put together. Sultry, savvy, unique,
adventurous, with a range that flies off the Richter, shes the hottest
thing in jazz.
The critic of the San Francisco Chronicle explained the formula that makes
Reeves special, whether delivering a warm and joyous rendition of an old standard
or scat singing: Reeves is, in every sense, a jazz musician. Her voice
-- among the most fabulous around -- is her instrument, and she improvises
both in lyric and melodic delivery on every selection. Combining an amazing
range and rich, full contralto with what old hipsters called good ears,
Reeves is capable of presenting as exciting and imaginative a jazz performance
as any other great instrumentalist.
Reeves discography now includes more than a dozen albums, ranging from
small-group jazz to lavish productions with large ensembles. Her collaborators
have included some of the biggest and busiest names in music, including Terrence
Blanchard, George Duke, Clark Terry, Billy Childs, Russell Malone, Kenny Garrett,
Brian Blade, Kevin Eubanks, Terri Lynne Carrington, Phil Woods, Harry Sweets
Edison, Toots Thielemans, Joshua Redman, Jacky Terrason, Airto Moreira, Bobby
Hutcherson, Charnett Moffett, Freddy Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Tony Williams
and Herbie Hancock.
Reeves, who was born in Detroit in 1956, learned about the tough side of
life early on. Her father died of cancer when she was two, and after her family
moved to Denver she was part of the first generation of children bused for
She says of her experiences busing into hostile white neighborhoods: It
dawned on me that this was truly ignorance -- ignorance in not wanting to
understand one another. At the age of 13 she joined with other students
of all races in attempts to educate their elders -- including singing to demonstrate
how music cuts across racial barriers.
Bringing together musical influences ranging from Stevie Wonder and the OJays
to Sarah Vaughan, she developed a voice and style that came to the attention
of trumpeter Clark Terry, who invited her to sing with his all-star groups,
which featured established veterans including Eddie Lockjaw Davis
and Tommy Flanagan. Her development even included Latin fusion and experimental
jazz before she launched her award-winning solo recording career.
In recent years, in addition to her solo projects, she has been a guest with
the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in its Duke Ellington projects, presented
a concert at the White House and was featured with the Boston Pops and the
PBS Great Performances series.
Jazz vocalist Joe Williams told Down Beat magazine, I think Diannes
the legitimate extension of all of the good things that have gone on before,
from Ethel Waters to Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah and Carmen. . . . She is earth
mother, lover, she is the hurt child, she manages to get inside each one of
The corporate sponsor of the Dianne Reeves concert is the Iowa House Hotel,
through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for the Dianne Reeves concert are $28, $26 and $23 ($22.40 and $10
for UI students; $22.40, $20.80 and $18.40 for senior citizens; and half price
for audience members 17 and younger) from the Hancher box office.
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology.
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