Dominican University Presents Dianne Reeves in Annual Trustee Benefit Concert
River Forest, IL Dominican University will present Dianne Reeves, considered one of the world’s greatest living jazz singers, in its 29th Annual Trustee Benefit Concert on Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be held in the Lund Auditorium and will be followed by a gala cocktail party and silent auction.
Four-time Grammy Award-winner Reeves is the only singer to win the vocal category for three consecutive recordings-In the Moment in 2000; The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan in 2001; and A Little Moonlight in 2003. Reeves received her fourth Grammy Award for the soundtrack for the acclaimed film Good Night, and Good Luck, released in 2005 and directed by George Clooney. She performed several iconic songs from the 1950s in the film.
"Like Sarah Vaughan, (Reeves) has the resources of an opera singer who has chosen jazz," claimed the New York Times in 2007. Reeves started her professional career doing session work in Los Angeles in 1976. She worked with Sergio Mendes in 1981 and toured with Harry Belafonte from 1983 to 1986. Signed by Blue Note Records in 1987, she found her place in jazz in 1994.
Celebrated for the versatility of her vocal interpretation and the range of her instrument, Reeves’ powerful but mellow alto has rewarded her with an international reputation and devoted following. Crediting Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn as influences, Reeves is, according to the New York Times, "the only jazz singer with a voice big enough to rival Sarah Vaughan’s."
The concert is the highlight of the university’s annual fundraising gala, proceeds of which go toward scholarships for Dominican students. The gala also includes a cocktail party and silent auction. During the concert’s intermission, the university will present the 2009 Bravo Award to Martha Gilmer, vice president for artistic planning and audience development for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for her exceptional contribution to the arts.
Tickets for the concert are $40 and $60 and may be purchased through the university’s box office at (708) 488-5000. Tickets for the concert and gala are $350 and are available through the Office of Institutional Advancement at (708) 524-6296.