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HARRIS CENTER PRESENTS
Monday, June 16 @ 7:30 pm
She is one of the preeminent jazz vocalists in the world. Her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique vocal stylings have earned her the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category. Her fourth Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal came for her work in George Clooney’s Oscar-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck. Reeves has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, to name a few; she was the first singer to ever perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. In February, 2014 her latest recording, Beautiful Life, was released and is already receiving rave reviews.
A multiple Grammy-winner, Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Mr. Marsalis, who said of Reeves, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.” Reeves has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. In addition, she was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards. When Reeves’ holiday collection Christmas Time is Here was released, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD's I've heard.”
More recently, Reeves has toured the world in a variety of contexts including a program entitled Sing the Truth, a musical celebration of Nina Simone in which Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo were also featured.
In her first studio album in five years, Reeves delivers what is destined to become a soul-jazz classic. The album, Beautiful Life, is comprised of 12 songs that have touched Reeves’ spirit in different ways and are rendered in such a way that will appeal to jazz and non-jazz fans alike. Mixing in her love of collaboration, the four-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist has now teamed up with a stunning array of peers including Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, George Duke, Gregory Porter, Gerald Clayton, Lalah Hathaway, Richard Bona and her producer Terri Lyne Carrington.
In what has been a storied, extraordinary career, Beautiful Life features some of the most engaging songs Reeves’ has ever offered. “Even in a world with much sadness,” says Reeves, “at its essence, life is beautiful and I wanted to celebrate that which can be easily overlooked.” Most certainly, among those things not to be overlooked is Beautiful Life.
$25-$35; Premium $45
2 hours; with 20 minute intermission
NOTE: Due to a change in Artist's Tour Schedule, this performance was moved from its orginally scheduled date of April 15th. Tickets for the April 15th performance are being honored for the new date.