In just a few days (April 12th, to be exact), legendary jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves will be helping to celebrate 120 years of Carnegie Hall, which seems entirely appropriate for a musician of her history and caliber; yet before she takes on this honor, Reeves will perform at Alverno’s Pitman Theatre this Saturday. Both WMSE and Alverno Presents are glad to give cause to celebrate not only Reeves career, but enjoy one of her warm performances, highlighting her sincere singing style and voice that The New York Times’ Stephen Holden called “Clear and robust…an instrument that celebrates itself through its sheer power”. Born in 1956, Reeves was influenced and inspired by classy powerhouse vocalists such as Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn and now is considered to be filling the shoes of Vaughan, in particular. Holden concludes “There was a period when it looked as if the tradition of Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday was behind us. But with the appearance of singers like Ms. Reeves, and the remarkable Lizz Wright, those shoes are beginning to be filled. Hallelujah!”
Dianne Reeves performs at Alverno’s Pitman Theatre this Saturday, April 9th at 8 p.m. More information at the Alverno Presents web site.