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Denise Donatelli / Press

“The first quality that was apparent - was the rich timbre of Donatelli's voice, which has the clarity and flexibility to sing almost any imaginable genre from pop/blues to operatic aria. And her airy, floating-over-the-rhythm rendering revealed why she is a singer jazz musicians love to love.”

Don Heckman - The Los Angeles Times

“I raved about Denise Donatelli in Financial Mail (July, 2009). She now has a new CD out on Savant named When Lights are Low, which has garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Geoffrey Keezer’s arrangement of “Don’t Explain”... and soaring over whole thing is the supreme voice and phrasing of Donatelli.”

JAZZAHOLIC with Don Albert - NEWSTIME.co.za

“Singer and standard are well matched on this breezily poignant track from Donatelli’s "When Lights are Low."”


“There is a distinct Streisand-esque resonance about Donatelli, particularly on her creamy “Why Did I Choose You?” and a nicely underplayed “Don’t Explain.” But there is also a subtle sandiness that underscores Donatelli’s voice, making it more arresting. And her choices, both in terms of material and interpretation, tend to be bolder and more interesting”

Christopher Louden - Jazz Times

“The Keezer-Donatelli collaboration proves to be a winning combination once again as the Grammy attention about When Lights are Low most certainly affirms. There are no low lights here, as Denise Donatelli's star continues to rise and, with this recording, shine brightly.”

Ed Blanco - AllAboutJazz.com

“Denise Donatelli triumphs!”

Philadelphia Inquirer - Jonathan Takiff

“Donatelli slides between the role of singer and musician with the cool acrobatics of an athlete.”

John McDonough - DOWNBEAT