Four-time Grammy winner performs March 18

Rockford College will host the eighth biennial celebration of women in the arts March 14-21.

The lineup of female artists is quite impressive. This incredible week of events is committed to excellence and access. The artists facilitate master classes, workshops and forums that pull together arts enthusiasts from the entire region.

Saturday, March 18, you won’t want to miss Dianne Reeves. This four-time Grammy winner won the 2006 Best Jazz Vocal Album for Good Night, And Good Luck, and is featured in George Clooney’s movie of the same title. The album has been dubbed “one of the best jazz soundtracks in recent memory.” She has won four consecutive years, which is very rare. Reeves also appeared in a recent PBS special about Billy Strayhorn (composer of the Duke Ellington signature “Take the A Train”).

Reeves is one of jazz’s pre-eminent vocalists. Reeves’ rich vocal background began in her childhood. She grew up in Detroit, and suffered the loss of her father at age 2.

Reeves was fortunate enough to be surrounded by strong women—grandmother, mother, aunt and sister who shaped her life. Reeves has an ability to draw from a strong storytelling instinct and an uncanny ability to improvise. She has performed with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Reeves is the creative chairman for jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, overseeing the scheduling of jazz programming and educational workshops at the Hollywood Bowl and the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Reeves performed at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and appeared and sang on a season-ending episode of Sex and the City. For more information, visit the Web site of

As you can imagine, tickets are selling quickly, so call today to order yours, 226-4100.

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

From the Feb. 22-28, 2006, issue

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