Dianne Reeves quotes

  • Jazz was home. It created a hunger within me.
    -- Dianne Reeves

    #Music #Home #Jazz

  • Silver gray hair Neatly combed in place There were four generations Of love on her face She was so wise No surprise passed her eyes She's seen it all
    -- Dianne Reeves

    #Wise #Grandma #Eye

  • Peter Martin’s artistry is nothing short of extraordinary. To sing with him is sublime – to listen to him play is a transcendent experience.
    -- Dianne Reeves

    #Play #Sublime #Peter

  • You can't get to no better days Unless you make it through the night
    -- Dianne Reeves

    #Night #Better Days

  • The beauty of Billie Holiday is that she gave every singer after her the license to interpret and perform music in ways that were unique to each of us. Her uniqueness was very much a part of the way she sang the songs, the story she wanted to tell through the songs. I didn't really have a full understanding of Billie until I left home -- until I'd lived a little, shall we say. At different seasons of my life, when I'd sing her songs or listen to her albums, I'd hear things I didn't hear before. Wherever you are in life, you'll hear different things in her songs.
    -- Dianne Reeves

    #Song #Home #Holiday

  • There's a bridge to tomorrow, There's a bridge to the past.
    -- Dianne Reeves

    #Past #Bridges #Tomorrow

  • The singer who really opened the door for me was Sarah Vaughan. But I listen to so much music, especially when I was growing up. My parents loved jazz music, so on Saturday [laughing] it would be the "Longine's Symphonettes," and on Sunday it was Mahalia Jackson.
    -- Dianne Reeves

    #Growing Up #Sunday #Doors

  • Peter Martin’s artistry is nothing short of extraordinary. To sing with him is sublime – to listen to him play is a transcendent experience.
    -- Dianne Reeves

    #Play #Sublime #Peter

  • Music is something that always lifts my spirits and makes me happy, and when I make music I always hope it will have the same effect on whoever listens to it.

  • So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.

  • I was in New York, miserable because I was working supper clubs but I wasn't expressing myself. I was really unhappy with my life. I saw Max Roach again and he told me I didn't have to do things like that. He made me an honest woman on the stage. I have been performing in that tradition since. I feel that I'm a serious performer now whereas then I wanted to be but I didn't know how.

  • A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

  • I don't do office work at home.

  • We must be as pure as our music.

  • If people don't like my music now, they will.

  • I would say that jazz is my own language.

  • New York seems conducted by jazz, animated by it. It is essentially a city of rhythm.

  • I am viewed as the Negro who has gone outside of the categories assigned to me.