Hi there folks!
Time to dig down in world of slick again and there’s been to many guys so far don’t you think? 😉 So that means it’s time for a woman now!
Ok this woman who goes under the name of Dianne Reeves is definetely not the first name you think of when you speaking of slick music and usually her music is not slick at all but more straight ahead jazz.
So why am i writing about her then someone might think and the answer to that is that she has done some more slick stuff earlier in her career.
Well as always let´s go way back to where it all began in October the 23rd 1956 since that was the day she entered this world. Place of birth was Detroit, Michigan and her parents were both very musical, the father was a singer but died when Dianne was only 2 years old and the mother was a trumpet player. Her cousin was a well known pianist/keyboardist, producer, songwriter called George Duke.
Picture above: The cousins Dianne and George Duke.
She grew up in Denver, Colorado where she still lives. There were really no other choice but singing/music for Dianne since she took every chance she got to sing as a child besides taking piano lessons. A teacher she had at the age of 11 thought that the best way to gather students was music and it was here she discovered her big love for music and realized she wanted to be a singer.
Her uncle later introduced her to the world of jazz music and such great singers as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and espcecially the last one have had a major influence on Dianne since she was mighty impressed by her.
In high school she was singing with the school’s big band and they won first price at music festival and her she met the trumpeter her mentor to be, Clarck Terry.
On picture below Dianne along with her mentor Clarck Terry.
Eventually she moved to Los Angeles and got intrested in latin music and she began experimenting with different kinds of vocal music and finally decided to pursue a career as singer.
After this she has performed and tour with people like Billy Childs, Sergio Mendes, Eduardo del Barrio, Harry Belafonte.She was the first vocalist singed to the reactivated Blue Note/EMI label. In 1992 she left L.A. and moved back to Denver and as i said earlier she still lives there. Dianne also performed at the closing ceremony of the 2002 olympic winter games in Salt Lake City.
As a singer she´s a logical successor to other great female singers as Carmen McRae and Dinah Washington but the heights of Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and idol Sarah Vaughan she´ll never reach and no one else either. Not saying this to be mean it’s just the way things are.
Well she still make records and her last one was released in 2013, picture above. This album is not straight ahead jazz but more contemporary r&b and smooth jazz. She was featured as guest vocalist on Al Jarreau’s tribute album to George Duke cslled “My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” which came last year.
The song i´ve choosed is called “We Belong Together” and it is taken from the 1990 album called “Never Too Far”, picture above.
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So enjoy your listening!!