Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inducts Dianne Reeves

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Sunday November 12, 2017

From Westword

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inducts Dianne Reeves
By: Jon Solomon

As a teen in the ’70s, jazz singer Dianne Reeves had a weekly gig at the Warehouse, a restaurant and music venue in Glendale that paid $250 each weekend. During her year-and-a-half stint there, her first extended professional club run, Reeves met legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, who was slated to perform for multiple nights.

But Fitzgerald was only able to the first night because of the altitude, says Reeves, who’s being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and will perform at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday. The next night, Reeves was asked to sing a few songs. While she was getting ready for the set, she noticed that some of Fitzgerald’s things were still in the dressing room, including a pair of periwinkle-blue patent-leather pumps.

‘And I put them on,’ Reeves says. ‘She had very narrow feet, but I got my feet in them. I put them on, and I sang, and I looked down at them the whole time. I don’t even remember what I sang. I came back and I put them right back, and I just felt glorious.’

Reeves got her start singing in junior high and at George Washington High School, where she was in the madrigal group, concert choir and jazz band. Long before she landed her gig at the Warehouse, she watched Ike and Tina Turner, Mongo Santamaria and Les McCann all perform there. School, as she recalls, was a fruitful time for her creative development.

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