While growing up in Denver, she sang with her high school band and appeared with them in Chicago. There, she was heard by Clark Terry and with his prompting she studied music seriously and by the mid-70s had become a professional singer. In California, she worked with several noted jazzmen, in particular Billy Childs, and also studied with him and Phil Moore. In 1981 she toured with Sergio Mendes and in mid-decade toured with Harry Belafonte, thus coming to the attention of a large audience. She made own-name records and continued to gain favourable attention from fans and critics and in 1987 was signed to Blue Note Records. Her first album was a huge international success, thanks in part to the star-studded personnel that accompanied her. Although concentrating on jazz throughout her career, often singing original material, Reeves has also sung and recorded music in other genres: R&B, soul and world music. From the late 90s onwards, Reeves stayed much closer to her jazz roots and continued to appear at international venues, working with leading jazz musicians, including Benny Carter, Roy Hargrove, T.S. Monk and Joshua Redman. In the early 00s, she won three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, with a fourth award coming in 2006.
Influenced By: Carmen McRae...