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Dominique Bianco

Dominique Bianco’s vocals have been described as “a sign of life for straight-ahead jazz.” - Thomas Gartman CapitalBop 2022

Dominique Bianco is a renowned Italian-American jazz vocalist who adds her own distinctive touch to jazz standards, with remarkable virtuosity, innate interpretative abilities, awe-inspiring improvisational skills, and unique melodic original compositions. Currently based in the DC area, by way of Staten Island, New York, “she has garnered comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald and has a voice that is timeless”- Prism Reviews.

Dominique’s original music is described as a captivating blend of traditional jazz elements and contemporary sounds. Her own genre seamlessly fuses the improvisational nature and harmonic complexities of jazz with the innovative and effortlessly combines elements of traditional jazz with mid-century and modern pop influences, creating a vocal sound that is both classic and fresh.

At age 21 she released her debut record, "I'm All Smiles," which features Benny Benack III & Elijah Jamal Balbed. The Downbeat Award-winning 23-year-old has been mentioned in publications such as Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, WUSA9, DCNewsNow, Living Local DMV, The Baltimore Sun, WBGO, WPFW, Capital Bop, Parklife DC, The Baltimore Times, and interviewed in Voyage Baltimore Magazine. Dominique was the first-place runner-up in the 2023 Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, a top 3 finalist in the 2022 International Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition, and is a 2023 Strathmore Artist in Residence.

She has performed in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals, including Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Keystone Korner, BluJazz+, Smalls NYC, The Cutting Room, Pearl Street Warehouse, AMP by Strathmore, Hermana NYC, Union Stage, Fredrick Jazz Festival, Baltimore Jazz Fest, and Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. She has also collaborated with many renowned jazz musicians, including Julius Rodriguez, Joe Farnsworth, Mark Whitfield, Peter Washington, Clarence Ward III, Benny Benack III, Elijah Jamal Balbed, Emmet Cohen Trio including Kyle Poole, and Russell Hall.

Dominique can be heard on various records including background vocals for Elijah Jamal Balbed’s Karma Suite set to release in 2024. Additionally, her backing vocals can be heard on Javier Nero's Album "Kemet (The Black Land)," featuring an impressive lineup of jazz artists including Sean Jones, Randy Brecker, Warren Wolf, Tim Green, and Christie Dashiell. Notably, Dominique's vocal prowess is spotlighted in the third track, which has garnered over 10,000 plays. Her exceptional vocal range and whistle tones take center stage as she effortlessly hits a high E and G# at the track's conclusion.


Outstanding Undergraduate Performance - Vocal Jazz Soloist - 2022 Student Downbeat Awards

2022 International Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition - Third Place Finalist

2023 Strathmore Artist In Residence

2023 Billie Holiday Vocal Competition - Second Place

BEST JAZZ ARTIST - 2023 Wammie Awards


“The audience sat transfixed, glasses and forks untouched… proving herself to be a compelling storyteller through sensitive and intuitive vocal phrasing.” - CapitalBop

“Bianco’s wonderful scatting… an impressive feat for a vocalist. Bianco works with the best of musicians…with a voice like hers, it is fitting to be surrounded by such talent.” - Prism Reviews

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

I'm All Smiles




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