Date of Interview: 03/20/2008
© 2008 Clayton Perry
Dianne Reeves is one of America’s most revered contemporary jazz singers. Standing on the shoulders of her forbearers, Reeves’ name has been added to the ranks of Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn, her vocal inspiration and personal favorite.
To date, the Recording Academy has bestowed Dianne Reeves with four GRAMMY awards—making her the first singer to win “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for three consecutive recordings: In The Moment (2001), The Calling (2002) and A Little Moonlight (2003). Reeves garnered her fourth GRAMMY with the soundtrack to Good Night, Good Luck (2006), a movie in which she was also featured.
On April 15, 2008, Dianne Reeves released When You Know, an album that showcases Love—from a woman’s perspective—in all of her different stages. Upon review of When You Know, Dianne Reeves managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Sarah Vaughan, “Better Days,” and the marketability of jazz.