DIANNE REEVES FACTS:
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Albums: Welcome to My Love (1982); For Every Heart (1984); Jazzvisions: Echoes of Ellington (1986); Dianne Reeves (1987); Never Too Far (1990); I Remember (1991); Art & Survival (1993); Quiet After the Storm (1994); The Grand Encounter (1996); Palo Alto Sessions (1996); That Day... (1997); Bridges (1999); The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan (2001); A Little Moonlight (2003); Christmas Time is Here (2004); Good Night, and Good Luck (Soundtrack) (2005); When You Know (2008)
Awards: 4 Grammy Awards
Other: Only performer to have won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for 3 consecutive recordings.
There are few more influential contemporary jazz singers that Dianne Reeves. With an engaging stage show that hearkens back to the days of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Reeves has managed to amass a loyal following of fans. The singer's sultry tunes seem aimed at keeping jazz alive, and with four Grammy Awards under her belt, she is doing a pretty good job.
Reeves got her start as a performer for a local band while she was just in high school, and after studying music at the University of Colorado, she began to get footing in the music industry. In 1983 she got her big break as she began performing with Harry Belafonte. After experimenting in world music with Belafonte, by the time she left his tour in 1986 it was clear that Reeves was headed toward Jazz, and her solo career began to take off soon after.
While she had already recorded several solo albums during the early 1980s, she began to gain widespread popularity largely for her impressive stage show. With smooth vocals and a timeless voice she began to make a name for herself, and in 1991 she got her big break with the well-received album I Remember. The record began a string of popular albums highlighted by 1996's The Grand Encounter. Though the '90s were kind to her, the next decade would be even more so as she became the default spokesperson for a generation of jazz.
In 2000 she released In the Moment, a live album that was wildly popular. The record featured a number of popular tunes including "Morning has Broken" and "Love for Sale," and allowed her to showcase her penchant for live performances. Along with being a hit among jazz fans, the album was also a critical favorite and won Reeves her first Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Reeves followed up the win with another trophy for the same award. The following year, thanks to her 2001 album The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughn, Reeves made it three Grammy's in a row after her 2003 record A Little Moonlight won a Grammy as well. Her most recent album, 2008's When You Know was unable to capture the success of the early 2000s, but still was well liked in the jazz community.
With a career spanning almost 30 years, Reeves has become the standard bearer for contemporary jazz. At 54-years-old she remains a popular performer and shows no signs of slowing down.