Personalities | Dianne Reeves | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, b. 1956)

Dianne Reeves’s parents were musicians and her cousin, pianist George Duke, encouraged her, as did trumpeter Clark Terry. She sang in Los Angeles studio sessions in the late 1970s and 1980s, and with pop/jazz groups Caldera, Night Flight and Sergio Mendes’s troupe. Her albums blend jazz, gospel, African and Brazilian accents with pop-music production. She has recorded a tribute to Sarah Vaughan and in 2002 was appointed Creative Chair for Jazz by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to curate jazz bookings and educational workshops at the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Styles & Forms | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
Personalities | Paul Rishell & Annie Raines | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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