Denise Donatelli, a 2-time Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed Savant recording artist, has become one of today’s premiere jazz vocalists. Denise's GRAMMY nominations include her 2012 release SOUL SHADOWS for Best Jazz Vocal Album and her 2010 release When Lights are Low — which received two Grammy nominations, one for Best Jazz Vocal Album and another for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for pianist and collaborator Geoffrey Keezer for his arrangement of "Don't Explain."
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. KSJS- FM Radio Programmer, Dr. Brad Stone considers Soul Shadows to be “Simply her best work to date!”
Denise also appears as guest vocalist on Grammy Award Winner Bill Cunliffe's Christmas recording, That Time of Year. (2011).
In addition to Denise’s 2010 and 2012 Grammy Nominations, The Los Angeles Jazz Society has honored Denise with their 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award.
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.
55th Grammy Awards Nominee
53rd Grammy Awards nominee for "Best Jazz Vocal Album"
L.A. Jazz Society Honoree for "2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year"
61st Annual Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll "Rising Star Female Jazz
Vocalist" list top ten.
"Denise Donatelli possesses that rare combination - sensuous tone,
pitch and great jazz sensibility. She is truly an awesome jazz vocalist!" ~
"There’s absolutely nothing shadowy but plenty sublime in Denise
latest recording, Soul Shadows." ~ Nick Mondello, Jazz Times
“An impressive showcase for Donatelli’s virtuosity and sheer musicianship
Donatelli slides between the role of singer and musician with the cool
acrobatics of an athlete.“ ~ John McDonough, DOWNBEAT
"The Keezer-Donatelli collaboration proves to be a winning combination
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
and, with this recording, shine brightly." ~ Ed Blanco, ALL ABOUT JAZZ