Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Artist Dianne Reeves
South Shore Annual JazzFest
CHICAGO – Four time Grammy ® award winner and music legend Dianne Reeves will bring her sultry voice as headliner of the South Shore Annual JazzFest weekend event on Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8 at the South Shore Cultural Center, 71st and South Shore Drive from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m each day. This free event is produced by the nonprofit Jazz Unites, Inc. A variety of food and beverage vendors will be on hand as outside food and beverages will not be allowed.
Blue Note recording artist Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves was awarded the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category.
Reeves performed in George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” the Academy Award nominated film that chronicles Edward R. Murrow’s confrontation with Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The soundtrack recording of “Good Night, and Good Luck” earned Reeves her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy in 2006.
She has recorded and performed extensively with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. She was featured in a documentary on the all-too-brief life of Billy Strayhorn. Reeve’s first solo album in several years, When You Know, was released in April 2008.
Other artists scheduled to appear are
• Lou Donaldson, an alto saxophonist and entertainer extraordinaire. Throughout his career, Donaldson has performed with many great entertainers including saxophonist Billy Tolles.
He also performed with such touring bands as those led by Count Basie, Erskine Hawkins, Buddy Johnson and Andy Kirk as well as with the Milt Jackson Quartet. His success with Blue Note Records helped bring on other fellow musicians. Among his many famous albums were LD Plus 3 with Gene Harris and the 3 Sounds.
His most famous group was with Herman Foster on piano, Ray Baretto on conga, Peck Morrison on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums, which was the best move he made during his tenure on the label. This group recorded the famous, Blues Walk -- and on the back side, The Masquerade is Over. Many disc jockeys consider this solo as one of the top alto solos of all times and, along with Blues Walk, was used by many as a theme song.
Lou also recorded Lush Life for Blue Note. Donaldson continues to captivate audiences old and young world around.
•Otis Clay is one of the premier deep soul and gospel singers working today. His raw, fiery vocals drive an energetic and danceable blend of soul, R&B and blues in the tradition of such deep soul singers as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.
Clay launched and established his career as a deep soul singer with his first recordings made in the mid-60s for George Leaner's One-derful label in Chicago. A long time resident of Chicago's West Side and a master showman, Clay began his career in gospel singing with groups such as The Pilgrim Harmonizers, The Gospel Songbirds and the legendary Sensational Nightingales.
His recording of When The Gates Swing Open was a hit in the mid '80s and is included on The Gospel Truth cd released on Blind Pig Records. Both When The Gates Swing Open and The Gospel Truth remain staples on gospel radio today. As a singer and producer, Otis Clay remains very active in gospel.
Clay is very active in civic matters and serves on several boards, including People For New Direction, a community-based non-profit creating economic initiatives to address a number of issues on the West Side, and as chairman of The Board of the non-profit Tobacco Road, Inc.
This national treasure brings audiences around the globe to their feet with his fiery brand of soul and gospel or working tirelessly with community and church leaders to provide better economic and cultural opportunities for West and South Side Chicago residents.
•Emmy award winner Joan Collaso is an international vocalist. A Chicago native, Collaso possesses an ability to sing smooth, sensual melodies and improvisations that explode into the excitement of her big and soulful sound that will capture your ear. Her music experience fuses Jazz, R&B, Blues and Gospel on a level that has sets her apart. Joan’s performances have been enjoyed by music lovers all over the world
• Other artists to perform are: Corey Wilkes, Hector Silveria, Henry Johnson, Nichole Mitchell, Junta, Angel d’Cuba, Nellie Travis and Andre Earles. There will be performances by the South Shore Drill Team and Infuzd.
JazzUnites Inc. Founder Geraldine deHaas has continued to produce free public concerts to bring America’s classic and singular art form jazz to multi-cultural audiences. Since 1981, JazzUnites, Inc. has exposed new and legendary talent in the jazz arena.
For more concert information, call (773) 734-2000 or 773-874-8000 x 4025 or visit www.jazzunitesinc.org
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