Performance Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 8 PM

Dianne Reeves

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Dianne Reeves is a Grammy Award–winning vocalist who is one of the foremost jazz singers in the world. Whether she’s interpreting jazz classics or melding elements of R&B, Latin, and pop into swinging song, she thrills with every note she sings.


  • Dianne Reeves, Vocalist
  • Peter Martin, Piano
  • Romero Lubambo, Guitar
  • Reginald Veal, Bass
  • Terreon Gully, Drums

Event Duration

The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Dianne Reeves

    Dianne Reeves is the preeminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, she received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for three consecutive recordings--a Grammy first in any vocal category.

    Featured in George Clooney's six-time Academy Award-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won her fourth of five Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammys for the film's soundtrack. She has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Her other credits include a recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and a performance with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Reeves was the Los Angeles Philharmonic's first Creative Chair for Jazz and the first singer to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy-winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards that feature her touring trio. In recent years, she has toured the world in a variety of contexts, including a program entitled Sing the Truth, which was a musical celebration of Nina Simone that also featured Lizz Wright and Angélique Kidjo. She has also performed at the White House on multiple occasions, including President Obama's State Dinner for the President of China as well as the Governors Ball.

    Reeves's latest release, Beautiful Life, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her first album in five years, Beautiful Life was produced by Terri Lyne Carrington and features Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, and Esperanza Spalding. In January 2015, Reeves joined Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Bobby McFerrin in a tribute to Michael Brecker at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Dianne Reeves

Jeff Tamarkin on Dianne Reeves

For Dianne Reeves, it’s all about the song. One of the premier jazz vocalists of the modern era, Reeves will only apply her golden pipes to a composition if it touches her heart. It might originate on a classic rock album, or perhaps appear as part of an R&B collection, or maybe it’s from the Great American Songbook. By the time she’s done with it, it has become a Dianne Reeves song.

Reeves’s most recent album, 2014’s Beautiful Life, opens with her interpretation of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and includes songs borrowed from Stevie Nicks, Ani DiFranco, and Bob Marley, as well as the standard “Stormy Weather.” It also includes songs brought to her by the young bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding, pianist Geri Allen, and the album’s producer, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, several of which Reeves co-wrote. “When it comes to choosing the material for a record, that’s always on me,” says Reeves. “I have my ideas, I’m open, but it’s more about lyrics than anything for me.”

Her instincts have been honed throughout a career that’s now closing in on four decades. For her hard work, she’s been rewarded with five Grammys in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category, including one for Beautiful Life. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” she says about taking home her trophies. “You still get the same jitters, and when they call your name it’s pretty amazing. It’s always a surprise.”

Fans are likely to be surprised when Reeves takes to the stage at Carnegie Hall on March 30. She plans to perform some songs from that most recent album, others from her vast catalog, and some new material. Reeves and her band—Peter Martin (piano), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Reginald Veal (bass), and Terreon Gully (drums)—are comfortable enough with one another to take risks and try new things out in front of an audience.

“We all know each other, so there’s a great deal of trust,” Reeves says. “The majority of them have their own groups and do other things, and they bring new ideas all the time. I love it because we break bread together and then we go onstage—we never know what’s going to happen. It’s exciting for me every night.”

—Jeff Tamarkin is the associate editor of JazzTimes magazine. 

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