Powerhouse Vocalist Dianne Reeves and The Music Conversation

Powerhouse Vocalist Dianne Reeves and The Music Conversation

Dianne Reeves, “the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday,” makes her first-ever appearance at Tempe Center for the Arts December 11. The five-time GRAMMY award-winner, has received the nation’s highest honor as “Jazz Master” from the National Endowment for the Arts, shares her timeless voice and improvisational prowess in an exceptional holiday program of seasonal sounds

Born in Detroit and raised in Denver, Colorado, Reeves became interested in music as a result of her family’s rich musical atmosphere and growing up in an era where musical boundaries were less rigid than they are today. She was introduced to jazz through her uncle, Charles Burrell, a classical and jazz bassist, who gave her lots of records, including those from one of her early influences, Sarah Vaughn. In high school, she was discovered by the great trumpeter, Clark Terry, who she went on to sing with, and launched her spectacular career.

“It was extraordinary,” says Reeves about her time with Terry. “As through that experience with Terry, I realized that the music was a kind of language, a conversation going on on the stage, musically. And I knew I wanted to be part of the conversation. Clark would play something and I would answer, and I started to understand – jazz is a spirit, and it’s something that you feel inside.”

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