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.
Jazz musicians Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, both in their 20s, have already racked up major industry prizes. But they took radically different paths to get there. Diehl, a Juilliard-trained piano player, was performing church hymns at Mass from age 8. He says he was "that weird, nerdy kid" who loved classical music growing up.
A new schedule has been released for the 31st Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest and it features one of the more critically acclaimed voices in jazz today. Thanks to a recent grant from the Central New York Community Foundation, chart-topping jazz singer Giacomo Gates is headed to Syracuse. Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director Frank Malfitano describes Giacomo Gates as a "vocalese hipster in the style of Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson." Gates performs Friday, July 5th at 5:00 PM.