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Denise Donatelli / Bio

Denise Donatelli, a GRAMMY® Nominated Savant recording and international concert artist, has become one of today’s premiere vocalists. To date, she has recorded four albums and her recordings have collectively garnered three 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.” In 2008, Denise recorded her second CD entitled “What Lies Within.” The record garnered uniformly 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 the Christmas recording, That Time of Year (2011) by GRAMMY® Award Winner Bill Cunliffe.

In addition to her GRAMMY nominations, The Los Angeles Jazz Society has honored Denise with the 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award. Voting advisors include John Clayton, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Johnny Mandel.

An East Coast native and recipient of classical piano training, she turned to singing jazz. A decision to move to Los Angeles in 2000, put her in touch with some of the city’s stellar musicians including Neil Hefti. Described as "a musician's singer" by GRAMMY® Award winning saxophonist, Phil Woods, Denise has performed as guest vocalist with Roger Kellaway, Terry Trotter, Christian Jacob's Big Band Theory, Alf Clausen's Jazz Orchestra, Les Hooper's Big Band, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band.

Donatelli’s innate musicianship and pure tone have won her spots singing for episodes of The Simpsons, television promos for Frasier, Card Sharks and Turner Classic Movies and has appeared in national and international commercials for CNN, Hyundai, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz among 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.

In addition to Denise’s 2010 GRAMMY® Nomination, The Los Angeles Jazz Society has honored Denise with their 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award.

Denise’s four recordings, Soul Shadows (Savant Records, September 2012), When Lights are Low (Savant Records 2010), What Lies Within (Savant Records 2008), and In the Company of Friends (Jazzed Media 2005), have consistently topped the National Jazz Week radio charts. Her GRAMMY® Nominated recording When Lights are Low peaked at #2 and remained on the chart for 23 weeks. It resurfaced 28 weeks later where it remained for another 7 weeks. Soul Shadows is another collaboration with 2 time GRAMMY® nominated pianist, composer, arranger, Geoffrey Keezer.

Denise also appears as guest vocalist on GRAMMY® Award Winner Bill Cunliffe's Christmas recording, That Time of Year. (2011).

Denise tours extensively, performing at jazz festivals , jazz clubs, performing art centers, and with university jazz bands where she conducts master clinics.

Donatelli’s innate musicianship and pure tone have won her spots singing for episodes of The Simpsons, television promos for Frasier, Card Sharks and Turner Classic Movies and has appeared in national and international commercials for CNN, Hyundai, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz among others.

General Info

Band Members
Geoffrey Keezer, Peter Sprague, Carlitos Del Puerto, Alex Acuna, Walter Rodriguez
Artist Name
Denise Donatelli
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/denisedonatelli
Active Since
01/91
Genres
Jazz

Contact Info

Location
Los Angeles, CA
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