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Angela DeNiro

Angela DeNiro, jazz vocalist, voiceover artist, and composer, is a native New Yorker.  In addition to Angela's jazz singing and scatting abilities, she has also done extensive studio work, with various jingles to her credit. She is currently performing with saxophonist husband Ron Aprea. Their quintet includes Angela scatting along with Ron's alto saxophone.  Angela is also featured with Ron's 16-piece Big Band, performing at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, and Trumpets Jazz Club in New Jersey.  Ms. DeNiro has also appeared at the Rainbow Room,  and in major concerts and festivals.  She was a GTE Giants of Jazz at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, where she and Ron Aprea performed  with the Kenny Barron Trio, and with Lionel Hampton and his Big Band, to exuberant audiences that exceeded ten thousand.  Angela  joined jazz greats such as Freddie Cole Ethel Ennis, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, and Ernestine Anderson, in helping to musically celebrate Lionel Hampton's 90th birthday. That summer season culminated with a exuberant concert at Planting Fields Arboretum in New York, where Angela and Ron were again featured with Lionel Hampton's Big Band.

Angela and Ron also headlined les Nuits du Jazz Festival, in Nantes France, and were featured with the Cote Ouest Big Band, under the direction of Jean-Phillipe Vidal.  Full performance  segments can be seen on Youtube...and view a compilation on the Music Videos page. 

Angela and her husband, Ron Aprea, co-hosted a weekly jazz radio show on WSHR, 91.9 FM, New York for two years. Their show, Rush-Hour Rendezvous, featured the music of jazz greats old and new, as well as interesting conversation and interviews with legendary jazz artists.  In 2001,Angela performed on BET-TV's "Jazz Discovery" competition, whose panel of judges included jazz legend Chick Corea...Angela won first prize! Ms. DeNiro was featured on jazz flutist Jan Leder's album, Nonchalant, and can be heard scatting on jazz vocalist Mark Murphy's Links album,  released in 2001 on the High Note Label, on a track entitled "Lady's In Love".  Angela can also be heard  on Second Floor Music's Sing Jazz, and on the final track of Ron Aprea's album, Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon.  Angela currently guest-host the cable TV show, "Ginger New York" along with Ron Aprea, interviewing jazz legends  Sheila Jordan, Kenny Ascher, and Marlene VerPlank.

Visit the CD page to hear cuts from Angela's 3 albums.  Her first was Just For the Fun Of It, with the Ron Aprea Orchestra.  Her  recording,  Swingin' With Legends, was entered for 8  GRAMMY nominations.  In addition to the star-studded Ron Aprea Big Band, this recording featured legendary jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, and Lew Tabackin.

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Angela DeNiro: Swingin' with Legends 2

Read "Swingin' with Legends 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Swingin' with Legends 2, her fourth recorded collaboration with arranger (and husband) Ron Aprea's big band, vocalist Angela DeNiro sings beautifully--and receives a lot of help from her friends, especially guests Ken Peplowski on clarinet, Randy Brecker on trumpet and Lew Tabackin on tenor sax and flute. And what a band! Well-stocked with stars who are eager to fly whenever Aprea raises his baton. Not that DeNiro needs much help. She is quite simply a marvelous ...

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Angela DeNiro: Swingin' with Legends 2

Read "Swingin' with Legends 2" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Vocalist Angela DeNiro sings with blue-ribbon vocal abilities. This is evident in her release Swingin' With Legends 2 . Accompanied by the Ron Aprea Big Band, supplemented by special guests Randy Brecker, Ken Peplowski and Lew Tabackin, she sails through fourteen love songs written by some of the greatest composers of the American Songbook, providing a deep understanding and command of the material she performs. The album opens with “New York City Blues," a not frequently ...

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Angela DeNiro with the Ron Aprea Big Band: Swingin' with Legends 2

Read "Swingin' with Legends 2" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Swingin' with Legends 2 from Angela DeNiro with the Ron Aprea Big Band, is a follow-up to their first Legends effort in 1988. The album, as was its Grammy-entered predecessor, is a quintessentially classic big band recording featuring a fine female vocalist. The fourteen tunes here are predominantly from the Great American Songbook, with jazz greats Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, and Ken Peplowski delivering outstanding cameos. The opener “New York Blues" is a flat-out swinger with DeNiro belting ...

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Angela DeNiro: My Shining Hour

Read "My Shining Hour" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Add to the list of endangered species: decent recording engineers. Where have they gone? Where is a good one when you need him, as on this new release by vocalist Angela DeNiro and an all-star supporting cast? Perhaps it's only me, but everyone seems to be coming through loud and clear with one exception--the headliner herself, who's too often buried beneath a clamorous instrumental barrage. All the more puzzling as the album was co-produced by DeNiro's husband, alto saxophonist Ron ...

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Angela DeNiro: My Shining Hour

Read "My Shining Hour" reviewed by Jim Santella

How is it that scintillating jazz vocalists such as Angela DeNiro can go unnoticed? This is her third album already, and she's still at that “getting acquainted" phase of her career. With a warm delivery, convincing demeanor, and a valuable musical depth in her voice, DeNiro interprets her program of originals and standards with loving care. Everything's personal. The bandleader is her husband, and their son Matt sits in on violin.

Spouses Ron Aprea and Angela DeNiro co-hosted ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Swingin' with Legends...

Early Autumn Productions


My Shining Hour

Consolidated Artists Productions



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