In programming the upcoming jazz season for the Disney Concert Hall, Grammy winner Dianne Reeves hopes “to create a little bit of heaven for the jazz enthusiast as well as a warm welcome to those who have been — until now –reluctant to wade into these waters.”
Using the professional contacts and personal friendships she has developed in over 28 years as a singer, Reeves has invited premier jazz musicians to celebrate the birth of the new cool at L.A.’s newest cultural landmark.
“We have an outstanding premiere season during which we pay homage to many of the great architects of jazz, some of the great jazz artists today as well as a few voices of the future,” says Reeves, who oversees jazz programming at Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn.
Artists scheduled to perform are Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; the Herbie Hancock Quartet; Keith Jarrett; and Reeves herself, accompanied by pianist George Duke, on Jan. 24.
Reeves, whose latest disc, “A Little Moonlight” (Blue Note), revisits 10 romantic classics, will be awarded the honor of being the first artist to take the stage at Disney Concert Hall when she sings the National Anthem Thursday.