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Dianne Reeves brings warmth and effortless charisma to SFJAZZ run / San Francisco Classical Voice

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"This is not a stage, it's a playground," Dianne Reeves announced in the middle of Thursday's concert in the SFJAZZ Center's Miner Auditorium, her opening show in a four-night run. She and her superlative band had just surprised themselves with an abrupt ending to "Christmas Waltz" that left them smiling and laughing, an infectious mood already caught by the audience. Sharing stories about the songs, Reeves revealed a nasal speaking voice, a pesky cold symptom that was undetectable when she sang. The illness certainly didn't seem to dampen her spirits as she presided over the evening with the warmth and effortless charisma that's defined her as a performer for some four decades.

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