Eugene lands a date with a jazz star.
Vocalist Dianne Reeves is turning into one of jazz's major power bro- kers.
At least, that's how Down Beat magazine thinks of her. Writer Michael Bourne recently praised "the power of her presence on stage. The power of her spirit when she's deep into a song. The power of her chops - gospel chops, like she could lullaby even the crankiest baby to peace.'
Reeves will display her power Monday as part of the Oregon Festival of American Music's Now Hear This series at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts.
One of the hottest singers in jazz, Reeves has won two consecutive Grammy Awards. She also was named the 2001 female vocalist of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association.
After her Grammy-winning orchestral album, "The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan," Reeves went back to an acoustic piano trio setting for "A Little Moonlight."
The new CD contains standards such as "Skylark," "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" and "We'll Be Together Again."
The album has received rave reviews. It has been in the top 10 of Billboard's traditional jazz sales charts for months, helping to solidify Reeves' standing as one of the best of contemporary jazz vocalists.
Jazz critic Ben Ratliff of The New York Times said Reeves is "the only jazz singer with a voice big enough to rival Sarah Vaughan's."
Steve Greenlee of the Boston Globe said Reeves has "an amazing voice, one of the best that jazz has boasted. It's powerful and intimate and full of emotion, and her range is stunning. It's no stretch to compare her voice to Sarah Vaughan's. ...
`Her new CD, `A Little Moonlight,' is her masterwork."
Added Rex Reed of the New York Observer: "One question I am always asked: Who is the next Billie, Sarah, Ella, Carmen or Lena? I can now answer in two words: Dianne Reeves. She sings and swings like all of them put together.
`Sultry, savvy, unique, adventurous, with a range that flies off the Richter, she's the hottest thing in jazz."
An active touring artist, Reeves recently participated in the inauguration of the new Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles by singing `The Star-Spangled Banner."
Reeves occupies the Walt Disney Concert Hall Creative Chair for Jazz, and is responsible for scheduling jazz programming at both the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall.
Not long afterward, she sang with her trio at Carnegie Hall's new space. Of that performance, Gary Giddins wrote in the Village Voice that she "rides a formerly unsingable Monk ballad (`Reflections') into the jazz singers' pantheon ... stunningly effective. ...
`If singers continue to neglect 'Reflections' from now on, it may be for fear of not matching her standard."
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What: The two-time Grammy Award winning vocalist will sing jazz favorites
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday
Where: The Shedd, 285 E. Broadway
How much: $14.50 to $34.50 through the Shedd box office, 687-6526
Also: Before the concert, an "OFAMily-Style Dinner" will be served at 6 p.m. in the Shedd's gym; reservations, at $15.50 each, can be made through the festival's box office
Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, who has been compared to Sarah Vaughan, has won two Grammy Awards, back-to-back. She will perform at the Shedd on Monday.