Dianne Reeves opens the DSO Paradise Jazz Series on a High Note

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Tuesday October 21, 2014

From The Jazz Line

Dianne Reeves opens the DSO Paradise Jazz Series on a High Note
By: Veronica Grandison

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra opened its annual Paradise Jazz Series with the renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves. The concert took place October 17 at Orchestra Hall and the venue was filled with fans of the iconic singer, who has been performing for over 30 years.

…During her performance, she showcased her beautifully elegant and rich vocal skills and gave us a glimpse into the spirit of the dynamic vocalists she is reminiscent of like Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington.

She was joined by her band bassist James Genus, guitarist Romero Lubambo, drummer Terreon Gully, and special guest pianist Gerald Clayton, who will be performing alongside his father bassist John Clayton during a future Paradise Jazz Series concert.

Dressed in a black top and flowing black and red printed skirt, Reeves was full of life and full of stories, which is one of her signature segments during her shows. She exercised the full stretch of her three octave range during the Latin-inspired tune ‘Tango’ which appears on her most recent album Beautiful Life. The beginning of the song finds Reeves chanting beautifully in a capella as the percussion thunderously moves to her every beat. Reeves just about turned the evening into a Latin dance club as she moved vigorously to the sound of the music. She then told, or better yet sung, the story of how she boogied the night away at Cuban singer Celia Cruz’ concert during the 70s.

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