STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Once in a Lifetime, there comes along a special talent that stands out above the rest, raises the bar and can rekindle the conversations and comparisons of the past greats in their respective professions (Jazz Music in this case) like, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and the Sarah Vaughns of the world whom all carried that certain “It Factor” where their stardom is magnified in person as Diane Reeves did during her galvanizing performance at the Stockholm Jazz Festival on Friday night.
Born into a musical family, the winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, “Beautiful Life,” the elegant and magnificent Dianne Reeves exited the stage just as she entered, to a standing ovation of cheers on opening night at the 2017 Stockholm Jazz Festival where she effortlessly delievered her amazingly superior scat skills live to a sold out audience.
Those in attendance were able to witness and enjoy the soon-to-be 61-year-old five – time Grammy award winner and New York Times “Most Admired Jazz Diva” perform a night full of breath taking classical jazz numbers by Reeves and her quartet — Romero Lubambo (Rio De Janiero) on guitar, Reginald Veal (Chicago Illinois) on bass and Terreno Gully (New Orleans, Louisiana) on drums. To their delight, before taking the stage in Diva fashion, her quartet captivated the audiences attention with their unique ensemble of layers of musical sound – instrument by instrument.
Once Reeves hit the stage, the renowned jazz vocalist, who was recognized by the Juilliard School with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts for her in May, filled the room with her uinque ability, warming personality and extraordinary jazz and R&B style. She performed tracks form her “Beautiful Life” album like covers of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You.” Before softening the tone, Reeves displayed her first class vocals while introducing each member of the quarter beginning with Romero “Brotha From Anotha Motha” Lubambo, proceeding with the remaining members while moving the crowd.
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In the midst of the applause and classical display of her ability to create breathtaking melodies, Dianne Reeves addressed the world’s issues with a powerful message to the audience to “STAY WOKE.” Nearing the shows end, Reeves initiated the crowd’s participation to shine a light from their mobile devices up in the air as she enticed a harmonious sing along.
Diane Reeves who is currently on tour, revitalized her legacy amongst the legends as one of the most accomplished and gifted vocalists ever, in a must see show. The Stockholm Jazz Festival continues until October 15, 2017.
Diane Reeves is on tour throughout Europe until October 27, before cross the Atlantic ending in Los Angeles December 20, 2017.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post