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Nov. 17, 2006

Dianne Reeves Celebrates Holiday Season In Dec. 8 Hancher Concert

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves and her trio will celebrate the holiday season with "Christmas Time Is Here," based on one of her recent CDs, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The 2006 Grammy, for the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated film "Good Night and Good Luck," was Reeves' fourth honor from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She is the only artist in the history of the Grammys to win in a vocal category with three consecutive recordings.

"Christmas Time Is Here" is the title of one of her recent CDs, released in 2004 on Blue Note Records.

Critic Martin Keller called the CD "one of the tastiest holiday jazz records in recent memory. Ripe with emotional transformations and musical innovation, Reeves takes you on a winter sleigh ride rich with an acute sense of phrasing . . . that will captivate." And Jim Santella wrote on, "Reeves' voice makes each of these traditional pieces float with heartfelt joy."

Reeves, who last performed in Hancher in 2003, continues to build on her status as one of the hottest artists in jazz. Rex Reed wrote in the New York Observer, "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."

Her discography now includes more than a dozen albums, ranging from small-group jazz to lavish productions with large ensembles, and her collaborators have included some of the biggest and busiest names in music.

Bringing together musical influences ranging from Stevie Wonder and the O'Jays to Sarah Vaughan, she developed a voice and style that came to the attention of trumpeter Clark Terry. He invited Reeves 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.

Reeves' concert is supported through the University of Iowa Foundation by Mace and Kay Braverman, Southgate Development, Lepic-Kroeger Realtors; and Kevin and Pat Hanick, Lepic-Kroeger. Media support comes from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Tickets are $38/35/32; UI student $34.20/15; senior citizen $34.20/; youth $26.60/24.50/22.40. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. 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.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013;

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