Continuing Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Visionary Voices series, Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves performs in Rose Theater, Feb. 24-25 at 8:00 p.m.
A season highlight, Reeves will be joined by Peter Martin as music director and on piano, Reginald Veal on bass, Terreon Gully on drums, and Romero Lubambo and Peter Sprague on guitar. Repertoire will include favorites from Reeves vast songbook.
Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category.
Reeves appeared in George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” the Academy Award nominated film that chronicles Edward R. Murrow’s confrontation with Senator Joseph McCarthy. The soundtrack recording of “Good Night, and Good Luck” provided Reeves her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy in 2006.
Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. She has also recorded with Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first creative chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to ever perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin on the Grammy winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of ten standards featuring her touring trio. When Reeves’ first holiday collection “Christmas Time is Here” was released in 2004, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD’s I’ve heard.”
In 2007, Reeves was featured in an award winning documentary on the all-too-brief life of Billy Strayhorn. Her first solo album in several years, “When You Know,” was released in 2008. She has been touring the world in a variety of contexts including “Sing the Truth,” a musical celebration of Nina Simone which also featured Liz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. Reeves began 2011 performing at the White House State Dinner for the President of China, Hu Jintao.
Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center is located on Broadway at 60th St., Manhattan.