During the recent closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, a jazz singer named Dianne Reeves sang while Kurt Browning skated. She was terrific. I've never heard of her. Can you please tell me about her?
—Carol B., Texas
The year started off quite nicely for eclectic jazz singer Dianne Reeves, who performed Fascinating Rhythm from her album, The Calling, at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City—then won her second Grammy days later for that same album. Her first Grammy came a year earlier for In the Moment, Reeves' first live album. Born in Detroit in 1956 and raised in Denver (where she lives today), Reeves says she got her musical gift from her parents, an uncle, and a cousin. She has released more than a dozen albums. Her influences include pop, gospel, rhythm and blues, African, Brazilian, and Caribbean music. Reeves has a number of appearances scheduled in the United States and Europe this year and next. Much of her time these days is occupied with her duties as the newly appointed Creative Chair for Jazz with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2003 and 2004 seasons.