Hot Jazz Cures N.H. Cold

January 29th, 2003 by Adam


Grammy Award-winning singer Dianne Reeves will help warm up a cold winter when she performs on Friday, February 7 at Plymouth State College’s Silver Cultural Arts Center. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Reeves won the 2002 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for her Blue Note recording, “The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughn.” On that record, her 11th recording overall, Reeves celebrates the esteemed jazz vocalist who inspired her to seriously pursue the art of singing.

Reeves has performed around the world and has won almost universal praise from jazz critics, including Rex Reed, who said “One question I am always asked: Who is the next Billie, Sarah, Ella, Carmen or Lena? I can now answer in two words: Dianne Reeves. She sings and swings like all of them put together. Sultry, savvy, unique, adventurous, with a range that flies off the Richter, she’s the hottest thing in jazz.”

While her music is clearly rooted in jazz, Reeves feels music should have “no boundaries,” so her singing draws upon a number of influences, including African, Brazilian, and Caribbean; gospel and rhythm & blues, classic and contemporary pop.

The PSC Faculty Jazz Ensemble opens the concert.
Tickets are $25-11 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office. The box office is open Mondays through Fridays, from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour before the performance. Ticket information is available by calling 603-535-ARTS.