Reeves, Diane

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Reeves, Diane

Reeves, Diane , jazz-pop singer; b. Detroit, Mich., Oct. 23, 1956. As a teenager, she worked with Gene Harris. She was invited to perform at the IAJE Conference in Chicago, December 1974, on the recommendation of John Roberts who had heard her sing with her high school band. She met Clark Terry there, who introduced her to other musicians including then 10–year old Terri Lyne Carrington. Her success was a factor in the IAJE beginning a formal Young Talent program in 1977. Reeves performed with Terry at the Wichita Jazz Festival in 1975, and has returned many times. She attended the Univ. of Colo., worked with Bill Fowler there and attended clinics by Billy Taylor, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea. Upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and worked with Sergio Mendes and Harry Belafonte. She earned rave reviews for her mid-1980s appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival and recordings with Stanley Turrentine and George Duke. She has also worked with the Colo. Symphony. Reeves has found success working in both jazz and pop fields.


Welcome to My Love (1987); Dianne Reeves (1987); Better Days (1987); I Remember (1988); Never Too Far (1990); Quiet After the Storm (1994); Art & Survival (1994); The Grand Encounter (1996).

—Lewis Porter