Dianne Reeves Opens Legends of Jazz

Aug 28, 2013

Dianne Reeves, the acclaimed American singer and songwriter, is one of the most prominent forces in modern jazz. Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Denver, Colorado, Reeves has been surrounded by music her entire life. Her musical career has included an exploration of traditional jazz, Latin-American music, world music, and more. She has produced an influential discography 19 records deep, the latest studio album being "When You Know", released in 2008. Four of Reeves' albums have been awarded the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.

Dianne Reeves performs live.
Credit Paulo Borgia
 In recent years, Reeves has been performing across the globe in a series of well-received tours. Reeves has garnered attention for the commanding, yet genuine, nature of her performances. In 2011, she told JazzTimes that this unique energy came from a self-identification as a "storyteller". "I love to find lyrics that really address my life, my mind, my spirit in some kind of way," Reeves says, "because those are the things I can best express". Reeves' current tour brings her to Syracuse, NY, where the jazz singer will be kicking off the fourth annual Onondaga Community College Legends of Jazz Series Friday, September 27. Frank Malfitano, the Series Director, tells WAER, "we're more vocal dominant with series programming this season than ever before". The series also features Gregory Porter, Cyrille Aimee, and Carla Cook, as well as 6 student performers. A series of clinics and workshops will be available for local High School students and OCC students with a Student ID. All concerts will take place in Storer Auditorium on the OCC campus.   Tickets for Reeves' performance are $25. They may be purchased online at www.srcarena.com or by phone at (315) 498-2772. A $50 season pass offers admission to all four of the Legends of Jazz Series' headlining performances, as well as two bonus concerts.