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Dianne Reeves at The Rose Theater

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Dianne Reeves Frederick P. Rose Hall New York, NY February 16, 2019 Dianne Reeves delivered a gracefully enchanting and heartfelt Valentine's Day weekend performance at The Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. In its eighth year, JALC is still the most romantic venue for elite Jazz and unrivaled artistry. Reeves' grand entrance was eloquent and sophisticated as the band played softly amid her arrival. She held the microphone in her ...

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Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018

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Not even the forecast of rain for memorial day weekend could keep thousands of devoted jazz listeners away from the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival held in Piedmont Park. This year's 41st annual Atlanta Jazz festival highlighted a lineup on Saturday that featured women performers of which included Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Social Science, Jazzmeia Horn, Linda May Han Oh, Ingrid Jensen, and Tia Fuller. The festivities continued on Sunday featuring jazz artists The Bad Plus, Matthew ...

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Dianne Reeves At The Belfast Festival 2014

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Dianne Reeves Belfast Festival Belfast, N. Ireland October 26, 2014 Dianne Reeves' first visit to jny: Belfast coincided with her first album in five years. For some artists, say Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny or John Zorn, a gap of half a decade between releases would be spoken of in reverential terms as their “silent period," but for other artists, like Reeves, no such sense of mystery surrounds an artistic drought. After several decades recording ...

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Dianne Reeves at Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver

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Dianne Reeves Boettcher Concert Hall Denver, CO January 25, 2014 Let's get right to the most important fact: Dianne Reeves is the greatest living jazz singer. And she gives the dead ones a run for their money too. Pick any aspect: phrasing, intonation, soul, emotion, interpretation, range, control, improvisation. She has it all. And she knows how to use it. Those last three on the list, in particular, conspire to create remarkable and breathtaking ...

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Dianne Reeves Quartet: Philadelphia, PA, December 1, 2012

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Dianne Reeves QuartetAnnenberg CenterPhiladelphia, PADecember 1, 2012Even though jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves grew up in Denver, judging by the reception she gets in Philly it could easily be her adopted hometown crowd. Reeves was back for a single tour date in support of two new recordings, and warmly recalled her first date in Philly at the Chestnut Cabaret in the '80s, saying that she still remembered how crowded it was and the great time she ...

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Dianne Reeves with Strings Attached at Duke University

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Dianne ReevesPage Auditorium, Duke UniversityDurham, North CarolinaOctober 9, 2009

Dianne Reeves' fans were in full force on this Friday evening at Duke University's Page Auditorium. The near-capacity crowd, composed of mostly females, seemed to hang on every thing Reeves said and sang. She is a wonderful storyteller, and every tune on the program began with a delightful, quite timely talk. Her rich, finely-tuned voice was in its usually superb form, and she was applauded throughout ...

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Dianne Reeves: When You Know

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True love has been a timeless topic for poets, storytellers and minstrels since the world began. From a young lover's innocent stares and awkward movements to the more compassionate phases that follow, Dianne Reeves turns her attention to the awareness that grabs hold when love takes over. What better way for an emotional singer to reach out heart to heart? The guitars of Romero Lubambo and Russell Malone play an important role in this lover's portrait, as do key players ...

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Dianne Reeves: When You Know

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The liner notes on When You Know offer the possibility of greatness: Geoffrey Keezer and Billy Childs split time on keyboards; Russell Malone lends his wizardry to most of the date; and the rhythm section is top notch, whether it's manned by Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson, or by Reginald Veal and Antonio Sanchez. Then there's legendary producer George Duke, who also contributes evocative piano to the velvet ballad “Over the Weekend." With these ingredients, it would be no surprise ...

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Dianne Reeves and Jason Moran at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

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Dianne Reeves and Jason Moran Mellon Jazz Fridays, Verizon Hall The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA February 2, 2007

This intriguing double bill featuring established jazz diva Dianne Reeves and rising star pianist Jason Moran turned out to be an exciting evening of music which also raised for me as a critic some difficult questions.

Both performers proved to be virtuoso musicians as well as genuine artists, giving their ...

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Dianne Reeves: Good Night, and Good Luck

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Dianne Reeves performs on screen in the film Good Night, and Good Luck, which stars David Straithairn as legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. Shot in black and white, the film contains numerous scenes in which the singer and her quartet deliver the jazz slowly and deliberately.

Reeves, one of the world's premier jazz singers, blends tradition with a contemporary design. She bends each of these favorite songs to give them a unique appearance. Intimate in her presentation, she ...

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Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here

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Dianne Reeves puts her personal touch on each of these Christmas carols. Nothing remains ordinary. Each arrangement lets her flow with the freedom that she has always enjoyed in her performances.

Reeves' voice makes each of these traditional pieces float with heartfelt joy. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire," she sings. The scene comes to life as natural as any other day of the season. Peace settles in gracefully.

“Santa Claus is on his way / ...

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Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here

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This is one of those albums that's not really ideal for playing while opening gifts Christmas morning--in a very good sense.

Christmas Time Is Here is an above-average and sometimes spectacular album that doesn't deserve to compete with screaming kids and tearing paper for the listener's ear. Reeves is on a tear lately with three straight Grammy-winning albums, and this release will undoubtedly win a place on the long-term holiday playlists of fans and new listeners. But ...


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