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Reeves and Connick Jr. Close Olympics

Vocalist Dianne Reeves will perform at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. She will be joined by ice-skating champion Kurt Browning, who will dance across the frozen water in a skin-tight and sequined suit as Reeves croons. The closing ceremony takes place on Feb. 24, between 7 and 8 p.m. Mountain time.

The Olympics’ closing ceremony will also feature Harry Connick Jr., Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban and, of course, requisite teen-pop icons N’Sync and pop-tart Christina Aguilera. There’s no word as to whether or not John Tesh will perform, but one can only pray.

Reeves (pictured left) was born in Detroit but spent her childhood in Denver, so she should be ready for Salt Lake’s arctic cold. She moved to L.A. in 1976 only to realize that there was little market for straightahead jazz singers, so Reeves began to stretch her talent in other directions: Latin fusion, world music, gospel-pop and R&B. But she gathers most of her influences from the late Sarah Vaughan, and did an album last year, The Calling (Blue Note), celebrating Sassy. Her latest album is the just-released The Best of Dianne Reeves (Blue Note).

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