Denise Donatelli has recorded four albums, three of which have received Grammy nominations. Her 2012 release, Soul Shadows received a Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, the second consecutive nomination in that category of her recording career. Her 2010 release When Lights are Low received two Grammy Nominations, one for Best Jazz Vocal Album and another for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for pianist and collaborator Geoffrey Keezer’s arrangement of Don’t Explain. What Lies Within, her second CD was recorded in 2008. The record garnered high praise from critics and casual listeners alike making it to the top ten of the Jazz Week Radio Chart and in 2005, her first recording In the Company of Friends brought her critical acclaim. Additionally, Denise makes a vocal appearance on Grammy Award Winner pianist, Bill Cunliffe’s 2011 Christmas recording, That Time of Year.
In addition to her Grammy nominations, The Los Angeles Jazz Society honored Denise with the 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award. Voting advisors include John Clayton, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Johnny Mandel. More recently, she made the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll in the Rising Star category.
Described as “a musician’s singer” by GRAMMY® Award winning saxophonist, Phil Woods, in addition to her performances with her producer/arranger Geoffrey Keezer, Denise has performed with Bill Cunliffe, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway, Tamir Hendelmen, Larry Koonse, Julian Lage, Peter Sprague, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbara, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Christian Jacob’s Big Band Theory, The Simpson’s Alf Clausen and his Jazz Orchestra, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band, and a long list of jazz luminaries.
Donatelli’s innate musicianship and pure tone have won her spots singing for episodes of The Simpsons and television promos for Frasier, Card Sharks and Turner Classic Movies as well as national and international commercials for CNN, Hyundai, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and others. Possessing a voice of exceptional nuance, agility and unerring pitch, Denise is able to imbue whatever she chooses to sing with her special warmth, wit and insight. She tours extensively, performing at jazz festivals, jazz clubs, performing art centers, and with university jazz bands where she conducts master clinics.
Geoffrey Keezer and his trio will accompany Ms. Donatelli.
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