Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves with the Boston Pops
June 1, 2007
Background information
Birth name Dianne Elizabeth Reeves
Born (1956-10-23) October 23, 1956
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Singing
Years active 1976–present
Labels Blue Note, Concord
Associated acts Caldera, Night Flight
Website www.diannereeves.com

Dianne Reeves (Detroit, October 23, 1956) is a Grammy-winning jazz singer.[1] Commentator Scott Yanow said of her, "A logical successor to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae (although even she cannot reach the impossible heights of Ella and Sarah Vaughan), Reeves is a superior interpreter of lyrics and a skilled scat singer."[2]


Reeves in April 2011

Dianne Elizabeth Reeves was born into a musical family. Her father sang, her mother played trumpet, her uncle is bassist Charles Burrell, and her cousin is George Duke. Although she was born in Detroit, she was raised in Denver. In 1971 she started singing and playing piano.[3]

She was a member of her high school band, and while performing at a convention in Chicago was noticed by trumpeter Clark Terry. She sang with Terry's groups, went to college for a year, then moved to Los Angeles, where she sang with Stanley Turrentine and Lenny White. She became a member of the jazz fusion group Caldera, then founded another fusion group, Night Flight, with Billy Childs, with whom she would collaborate again in the 1990s. She moved to New York City and from 1983–1986 toured with Harry Belafonte.[3]

Awards and honors



As guest



  1. Ashyia N. Henderson Contemporary Black Biography: 0787659134 – 2002 -"born Dianne Reeves, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan. … 1977; Welcome to My Love, 1977; The Palo Alto Sessions, 1 981 ; Better Days, 1987; Come In, 1989; Never Too Far, 1990; Dianne Reeves, 1991; Art & Survival, 1993; Quiet After The Storm, ..."
  2. Scott Yanow (1956-10-23). "Dianne Reeves | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  3. 1 2 Frederickson, Scott; Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 390. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  4. Edward Michael Pavlić Crossroads Modernism. "In the song 'Come In,' contemporary jazz singer Dianne Reeves meditates on the risks of issuing calls that fall on deaf ears: "If you think they're ready to hear you/you may tell one or two what you know."
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