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Wednesday May 25, 2011

From Charleston City Paper

*Dianne Reeves brings her outsize talent back to Spoleto
Viva la Voice*
By Joy Vandervort-Cobb

I’ve heard somewhere that jazz is dying. If it is, nobody told the Holy City and certainly no one has shared it with the inimitable vocal powerhouse Dianne Reeves.

“I don’t think jazz is dying,” she says, when confronted with the notion. “I think what we’ll find when we look back at this time period, in retrospect, what we’ll see is that jazz was reconstituting. Dying? I don’t think so. There are all these programs of study dedicated to jazz music, students of jazz. Dying … No.”

Reeves will be returning to perform in Charleston for the Spoleto Festival as part of the Wells Fargo Jazz Series on May 30 at the Gaillard Auditorium. And quite frankly, if you love music, if you love jazz, then there is no other place you’ll want to be that evening.

“I love Charleston, and I love this festival,” she says. “It supports the idea of music without boundaries. I’m coming with a scaled-down version of my band. No orchestra this time. It’s fun to sing this way.”

Recently Reeves has been traveling about with her small combo, which includes Romero Lubambo and Russell Malone, two guitarists she credits with helping her find a new place in her voice, a place she describes as “very light and sweet and peaceful.”

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