Jazzy Mandarin & The Gate's Wide Open: Conversations With Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling

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Friday January 28, 2011

From the Huffington Post

Jazzy Mandarin & The Gate’s Wide Open: Conversations With Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling
By Mike Ragogna

So, what happens when your elegant entertainer goes off script and speaks mandarin directly to a Chinese delegation in the White House? Well, global relationships survived intact after jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves delivered her beautiful, welcoming message to the international crowd although for a moment, the gesture was misinterpreted by a few officials as if it were the ’70s and it was The 5th Dimension singing “The Declaration of Independence” in Nixon’s White House. The following interview with the artist reveals just how beautiful the event was, who designed Michelle Obama’s stunning dress, her own musical history, George Clooney, and more. Also featured is an interview with another primo jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling, who shares his thoughts on his new Don Was-produced album The Gate and beyond.

Read the entire interview here