Wed November 29, 2006
Jazz in the Afternoon Thursday to present music from Dianne Reeves
Vocalist to perform in Omaha Friday night
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – One of the most pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today, Dianne Reeves is scheduled to appear Friday night at Omaha's Holland Performing Arts Center.
Jazz in the Afternoon Thursday, hosted by Chris Cooke, will present music from the vocalist, selected from three of her recent recordings.
Accomplishing a Grammy first in any vocal category, Reeves was awarded the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings,as a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings.
In late 2002, Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) 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."
Reeves appeared and performed 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 Lincoln Center Jazz 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 famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
For more information about Reeves' Omaha engagement, please visit our event calendar.
Chris Cooke is the host of Jazz in the Afternoon on KIOS-FM