Dianne Reeves @ Stanford Jazz – Saturday 18 June 2016

Fred Witt | May 31st, 2016

Veteran singer Dianne Reeves will be on stage at the Stanford Summer Jazz Festival soon,  Saturday evening, June 18.

16_05_29_KCSM_DReevesDianne Reeves, our current artist comparable to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae, brings us great works from American Songbook, straight-ahead jazz and preservationist scores. She adds talented scat, and at times reggae and salsa.  Dianne’s career, coming from a Detroit musical family and performances in her teens is layered with awards and feats.  Consider her five Grammy’s, shows at the White House level, and many releases.

You can get a some pieces here by Dianne to listen to.  Key here for a 2013 International Jazz Day performance at Instanbul, a powerful scat performance by her amazing voice, “Tango.”  If you’re not a complete scat fan, a really cool web piece is this long item of the “New Morning Full Concert” 2016.  There is a wide mix of pieces, with good sound to showcase her superior voice nicely.

If you don’t already know Dianne, a caution on shopping for audio samples on the web.  A great many of them have either bad sound (she sounds like she’s at the far end of the room, behind the band, with a poor mike), or bad production, with the band playing on top of, if not over her vocals.  With this kind of stuff, regrettably you just can’t get it on her greatness and it sounds “just like a lot of others.”  (See Dianne in person and get the real thing !)

For this Stanford show, Dianne  brings only her two favorite guitarists to open the Stanford Jazz Festival. Russell Malone and Romero Lubambo will help raise the roof of Bing Concert Hall with this special, intimate performance. More information available at www.diannereeves.com.

Click her for the full lineup of artists at this year’s Stanford Jazz Festival.

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