2016 USA Fellow
This award is generously supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings — a Grammy first in any vocal category.
Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Reeves won her fourth of five Best Jazz Vocal Grammys for the film’s soundtrack. Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.In recent years Reeves has toured the world in a variety of contexts including a program entitled, “Sing the Truth,” a musical celebration of Nina Simone which also featured Liz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. Reeves has performed at the White House on multiple occasions including President Obama’s State Dinner for the President of China as well as the Governors’ Ball. Reeves’ latest release, Beautiful Life, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and features Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, and Esperanza Spalding.
Portrait photo by Jeris Madison.