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Dianne Reeves: The JazzTimes Interview

A conversation with one of jazz's greatest living vocalists

Mentored by such masters as Clark Terry, Harry Belafonte, Sergio Mendes and her cousin, the late George Duke, the four-time Grammy-winning singer Dianne Reeves, 57, has remained at the vocal apex for over a quarter-century. The first vocalist signed to the reinvigorated Blue Note in the mid-’80s, she departed the label after more than a dozen albums, concluding with 2008’s When You Know. Now she’s joined Concord and recorded Beautiful Life, a vibrant, soulful record produced by Terri Lyne Carrington and featuring a stellar roster of guests including Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding and Gregory Porter.

JazzTimes: You were born in Detroit, but grew up in Denver, where your early life was dominated by strong women-your grandmother, your mother, your aunts.

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