The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) presents preeminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. For her highly anticipated Chan Centre debut, Reeves will mesmerize with songs from her most recent album Beautiful Life, as well as favourites from previous recordings, and brand new works.
“We are honoured to present Dianne Reeves, one of the greatest jazz vocalists known to the world today,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “With her rich musical heritage, Reeves masters a wide range of repertoire, making each piece her own with fresh style and unique interpretation. Through Reeves’ famous collaborations with world-renowned musicians, she shows tremendous respect for other artists, and a deep passion for the art of jazz itself. I look forward to hearing her gorgeous vocals delight our audience in the acoustics of the Chan Shun Concert Hall.”
Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Dianne Reeves hails from a wholly musical family. Reeves’ father was a vocalist, her mother played the trumpet, her uncle is famed bassist Charles Burrell, and her late cousin George Duke was a pioneer in both jazz and popular genres. As a child, Reeves’ mother encouraged her love for music, setting her on the path to study with jazz mentors such as Clark Terry and Phil Moore. Reeves’ first studio album Welcome to My Love was released in 1982, launching an illustrious musical career that now spans more than three decades.
Regarded as one of the most revered jazz vocalists of all time, The New York Times calls Reeves “the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.” Huffington Post hails Reeves as “one of our generation’s definitive jazz masters, a vocal stylist of extraordinary skill and vivacity.” The jazz powerhouse has accumulated five GRAMMY Awards, most recently in 2015 for her album Beautiful Life, as well as three consecutive wins for Best Jazz Vocal Performance..
Known for working with fellow musical greats, Reeves has toured with Harry Belafonte, Eduardo del Barrio, and Sergio Mendes, which cemented her kinship with Latin American music. She has recorded and performed with several symphony orchestras, including with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and served as the first creative chair for jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Reeves has been called to perform at the White House, and lent her talents to George Clooney’s Academy Award nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck, earning her a fourth Best Jazz Vocal GRAMMY for the film’s soundtrack in 2006.
For her performance at the Chan Centre, Reeves will be joined by an all-star ensemble: Peter Martin (piano), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Reginald Veal (bass), and Terreon Gully (drums). Tickets from $54 can be found at 604-822-2697 /chancentre.com