The Chan Centre Welcomes Jazz Legend Dianne Reeves

Five-time GRAMMY-Award winner performs breathtaking evening of music
 including works from the critically-acclaimed album, Beautiful Life 

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) presents preeminent jazz vocalist Dianne ReevesWednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. For her highly anticipated Chan Centre debut, Reeves will mesmerize with songs from her most recent album Beautiful Life, as well as favourites from previous recordings, and brand new works.

“We are honoured to present Dianne Reeves, one of the greatest jazz vocalists known to the world today,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “With her rich musical heritage, Reeves masters a wide range of repertoire, making each piece her own with fresh style and unique interpretation. Through Reeves’ famous collaborations with world-renowned musicians, she shows tremendous respect for other artists, and a deep passion for the art of jazz itself. I look forward to hearing her gorgeous vocals delight our audience in the acoustics of the Chan Shun Concert Hall.”

Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Dianne Reeves hails from a wholly musical family. Reeves’ father was a vocalist, her mother played the trumpet, her uncle is famed bassist Charles Burrell, and her late cousin George Duke was a pioneer in both jazz and popular genres. As a child, Reeves’ mother encouraged her love for music, setting her on the path to study with jazz mentors such as Clark Terry and Phil Moore. Reeves’ first studio album Welcome to My Love was released in 1982, launching an illustrious musical career that now spans more than three decades.

Regarded as one of the most revered jazz vocalists of all time, The New York Timescalls Reeves “the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.” Huffington Post hails Reeves as “one of our generation’s definitive jazz masters, a vocal stylist of extraordinary skill and vivacity.” The jazz powerhouse has accumulated five GRAMMY Awards, most recently in 2015 for her album Beautiful Life, as well as three consecutive wins for Best Jazz Vocal Performance..

Known for working with fellow musical greats, Reeves has toured with Harry Belafonte, Eduardo del Barrio, and Sergio Mendes, which cemented her kinship with Latin American music. She has recorded and performed with several symphony orchestras, including with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and served as the first creative chair for jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Reeves has been called to perform at the White House, and lent her talents to George Clooney’s Academy Award nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck, earning her a fourth Best Jazz Vocal GRAMMY for the film’s soundtrack in 2006.

For her performance at the Chan Centre, Reeves will be joined by an all-star ensemble: Peter Martin (piano), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Reginald Veal (bass), and Terreon Gully (drums).

Chan Centre Connects Events (
A series of ancillary events programmed in conjunction with Chan Centre performances, exploring the role of arts and artists in society.

  • Film Screening: Good Night, and Good Luck – Thursday February 9, 2017, 7pm @ The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.), Vancouver. Presented by the Chan Centre in partnership with The Cinematheque, the 2006 Academy-Award winning historic drama Good Night, and Good Luck examines the U.S. media climate during the McCarthy era. The soundtrack is sung entirely by Dianne Reeves (with a small jazz ensemble), and won the 2006 GRAMMY award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
  • Pre-Show Talk: Dianne Reeves – A Jazz Vocalist for The Here and Now! – Wednesday February 22, 2017, 7:15pm @ Royal Bank Cinema, The Chan Centre. Nou Dadoun, host of Vancouver Co-op Radio’s A-Trane program, discusses the legacy of Dianne Reeves. Earlier in her career, Reeves paid tribute to legendary jazz vocalists like Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, proving herself in the crucible of their strongest joys and challenges – The Great American Songbook. In the 21st century, Reeves has brought that jazz sensibility and passion to the music of her own time, forging connections between African, Brazilian, gospel, fusion and soul to produce a signature jazz sound of the here and now.
About The Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC (
Since 1997, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in UBC’s Arts & Culture District has earned an international reputation for its striking design, stellar acoustics, and exceptional programming. Artists, critics, and patrons alike are unanimous in their praise of the facility, winning it a place among North America’s premier performing arts venues. The Chan Centre boasts three unique venues: the superb Chan Shun Concert Hall, the dramatic Telus Studio Theatre, and the intimate Royal Bank Cinema. From classical, jazz, theatre, and opera to world music, the Chan Centre is a vital part of UBC campus life where artistic and academic disciplines merge to inspire new perspectives on life and culture. Past performers and guest speakers include: Wynton Marsalis, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Renée Fleming, Dan Savage, Yo-Yo Ma, Buena Vista Social Club, Sigur Rós, Mavis Staples, Anoushka Shankar, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.
LISTING INFORMATION Chan Centre presents: Dianne Reeves
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8pm
Ticket prices: From $54
Address: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
University of British Columbia
6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Box Office: 604-822-2697 /

In person at the Chan Centre ticket office
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