Dianne Reeves Quartet with special guest Raul Midon
Blue Note recording artist Dianne Reeves is one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Dianne Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category. She has recorded, performed, and collaborated extensively with Wynton Marsalis, the Chicago Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic. She returns with her quartet for her fourth UMS appearance – and her first in five years. This special concert opens with a set by Raul MidÃ³n, a blind singer-songwriter and guitarist whose distinct voice, strumming, beats, and vocal trumpet resulted in a standing ovation when he appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” and an open invitation back to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He performed at The Ark in May 2010 and now makes his UMS debut. Guitar magazine describes him as “one of those rare musical forces that reminds us how strong and deep the connection between man and music can sometimes be.”
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