Meet co-headliners Dianne Reeves and Billy Childs Quartet

June 25 7:30 p.m. | Winspear Centre

Tickets Now On Sale to the Public

EDMONTON- The Edmonton International Jazz Festival is excited to announce the Grammy-award winning headliners for this year’s Festival, Dianne Reeves & Billy Childs Quartet. Tickets are now on sale at the Winspear Centre Box Office. Tickets start at $75 and are available by visiting winspearcentre.com or by calling 780-428-1414 or toll free 1-800-563-5081. The 2017 Edmonton International Jazz Festival runs June 23 to July 2 at a variety of venues. Please visit edmontonjazz.com or follow facebook/instagram/twitter @edmontonjazz to learn more and stay connected.

Dianne Reeves and Billy Childs collaborated together in 2013 when Childs’ premiered “Enlightened Souls” a commission from Duke University featuring Reeves and the Ying Quartet, to commemorate fifty years of African-American students attending the school.

“Dianne Reeves is one of the preeminent jazz vocalists in the world and we are very fortunate to have her performing in Edmonton,” says Edmonton International Jazz Festival Producer Kent Sangster. “And Billy Childs, who was once her musical director and has been making his own mark in the music community for years, is a world-class jazz pianist in his own right. Both acts are guaranteed to be a highlight of this year’s festival!”

As a result of Dianne Reeves’ breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, she 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 her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for film’s soundtrack.

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’ holiday collection Christmas Time is Here was released, 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 CD’s I’ve heard. With her 2015 release and first in five years, Beautiful Life, marked a return to the pinnacle of the jazz world. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington and featuring jazz heavyweights Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, and Esperanza Spalding, Beautiful Life was nominated and ultimately awarded the Grammy for 2015 Best Jazz Vocal Performance. In January 2015 Reeves joined Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bobby McFerrin in a tribute to saxophone legend Michael Brecker at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

 

Jazz pianist/composer Billy Childs remains one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. Childs’ canon of original compositions and arrangements has garnered him the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), fourteen Grammy nominations, and four Grammy awards, most recently for Best Arrangement, Instrumental & Vocal (featuring Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma) in 2015 for ‘New York Tendaberry’, from his highly successful release Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. Previously he won Best Instrumental Composition for ‘The Path Among the Trees’ (2011) and ‘Into The Light’ (2005), from his much-heralded jazz/chamber releases, Autumn: In Moving Pictures and Lyric. Downbeat magazine states, “…Childs’ jazz/chamber group has taken the jazz-meets classical format to a new summit.”

Childs released his first solo album, Take For Example, This… in 1988, on Windham Hill Jazz Records. It was the first of four raved-about albums on the imprint, culminating with the acclaimed Portrait Of A Player, in 1993. In 1995 Childs’ released I’ve Known Rivers on Stretch/GRP Records. In 1996 he released The Child Within on Shanachie Records. Songs from both recordings garnered his first Grammy nominations.

Childs’ multiple musical interests also include collaborations, arrangements, and productions for other acclaimed artists, including Yo Yo Ma, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Chris Botti, and Leonard Slatkin, among others. He has received orchestral commissions from The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra. In 2016, he premiered the piano quintet, “The Bird, The River, The Storm”, also with the Ying Quartet (a piece they commissioned).

In 2014 Childs released Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony Masterworks), which was produced by Larry Klein and features Reneé Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, Rickie Lee Jones, Becca Stevens, Ledisi, Chris Botti. In Spring 2017 he reaches back to his jazz roots with Rebirth, a quartet album and his debut on the Mack Avenue label.

 

For tickets contact the Winspear Centre Box Office at winspearcentre.com or by calling 780-428-1414 or toll free 1-800-563-5081.

To stay connected with more Edmonton International Jazz Festival 2017 events please visit edmontonjazz.com and follow on facebook/Instagram/twitter @edmontonjazz

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