Benefiting Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Programs
Dianne Reeves, 2018 Jazz Legends Gala Honoree and MJF61 Showcase Artist. Photo ©Jerris Madison
Jazz Legends Gala
The 12th Annual Jazz Legends Gala, held at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, will honor Dianne Reeves on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Special performances at this beautiful location will feature the Christian McBride Trio with Benny Green on piano; and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Cost is $325 per person. Proceeds from this event benefit Monterey Jazz Festival's jazz education programs. Contact 831.233.3715 for more information.
The Jazz Legends Gala, now in its 12th year in 2018, features the presentation of the distinguished Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Legends Award to a leading contributor to the world of jazz on the eve of the Monterey Jazz Festival each September.
390 patrons attended the sold-out 2017 Gala at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach to benefit Monterey Jazz Festival’s jazz education programs which include: Monterey Jazz in the Schools, Next Generation Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Summer Jazz Camp, Monterey County Honor Ensembles, and the MJF Instrument Bank and Sheet Music Library. Monterey Jazz Festival is proud of its commitment to invest over $750,000 annually in its education programs, ensuring all young people have access to high quality jazz music education opportunities, and enriching lives through jazz.
Previous recipients of the award include NEA Jazz Masters Dave Brubeck, Gerald Wilson, George Wein, Jack DeJohnette, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Terence Blanchard.
Attendees at previous Galas have included Clint Eastwood, Don Was, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Herbie Hancock, and a cross-section of distiguished international patrons and notable music industry movers and shakers.
Previous live music performers have included the Gerald Clayton Trio with Regina Carter, Cyrille Aimée, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dianne Reeves, Gregory Porter, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Hiromi, Kim Nalley, Jamie Davis, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
About Dianne Reeves
2018 MJF Jazz Legend Award Honoree & Showcase Artist
Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category.
Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film's soundtrack.
Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy-winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards featuring her touring trio. When Reeves’ released her holiday collection, Christmas Time is Here, Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CDs I've heard.”
In recent years Reeves has toured the world in a variety of contexts including “Sing the Truth,” a musical celebration of Nina Simone which also featured Liz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. She performed at the White House on multiple occasions including President Obama's State Dinner for the President of China as well as the Governors’ Ball.
Reeves’ most recent release Beautiful Life, features Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Esperanza Spalding. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life won the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Reeves is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School. In 2018 the National Endowment for the Arts will award Reeves with a Jazz Masters Fellowship Award – the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists.