Dianne Reeves: Almost sold out!
More than two generations have passed since jazz stars took on aristocratic titles, otherwise Dianne Reeves would surely be known as The Queen. Possessing a glorious voice and majestic stage presence, she’s one of jazz’s most regal figures, an artist who embodies the music’s enduring values of elegance, class and improvisational poise. Though her jazz roots run deep--pianist/producer George Duke is her cousin--Reeves first hit the road with Brazilian pianist and bandleader Sergio Mendes in the early 1980s, and before long she attracted the attention of Harry Belafonte. Reeves started gaining attention in her own right through her collaboration with keyboardist Billy Childs in the early 80s. She won the Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy Award for three consecutive releases, an unprecedented feat. More recently, she earned another Grammy for the soundtrack of George Clooney’s 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck, which featured her prominently on screen. While her crushed velvet vocals helped establish the film’s period feel, her follow-up, 2008’s George Duke-produced When You Know was a decidedly more contemporary affair, and she makes her SFJAZZ Center debut with a brand new Blue Note recording. Making any era she explores her very own realm, Dianne Reeves reigns uncontested as jazz royalty.