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Denise Donatelli at Mezzrow

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Denise Donatelli with Geoffrey Keezer Keezer and Ron Blake MezzrowNew York, NY January 7, 2019 The intimate vibe at Club Mezzrow is hands-down the perfect musical playground for the versatile talents of Denise Donatelli, Geoffrey Keezer and Ron Blake--the skills of which were eminently displayed during the trio's opening set last evening. Ms. Donatelli yet again demonstrated that she is a vastly talented and engaging vocal artist--one who absolutely revels in such ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Denise Donatelli: Find a Heart

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Multi Grammy nominee vocalist Denise Donatelli, unveils another gem of an album with the much-anticipated Find A Heart, collaborating once again with producer/arranger, pianist Geoffrey Keezer documenting a surprisingly new direction for the singer as she ventures into the non-standards area. The Great American Songbook will always be with us, here to stay forever as new re-interpretations of classics emerge every day. This project finds the vocalist and pianist exploring new territory as they take the music of modern pop ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Denise Donatelli: Find a Heart

Read "Find a Heart" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There was once a best-selling non-fiction book titled The Road Less Traveled (Simon & Schuster, 1978). In it, author, M. Scott Peck, discussed human potential. With Find a Heart vocalist Denise Donatelli and her frequent collaborator, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, explore a repertoire that is unchartered for a jazzer. And, the decision to venture on this musical path yields a fascinating and beautifully rewarding aural journey. The L.A.-based singer, Grammy-nominated multiple times, is as good here as she's ...

LIVE REVIEW

Denise Donatelli and Janis Mann at Charlie O's, May 20, 2011

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Denise Donatelli Charlie O's Van Nuys, CA May 20, 2011 The Los Angeles area is blessed with the presence of many talented vocalists--drawn, no doubt, by both the Mediterranean climate and the abundance of studio work. In May, a pair of transplanted East Coast songbirds, Denise Donatelli and Janis Mann, warbled their way through several spirited and memorable sets at Charlie O's in the San Fernando Valley.Donatelli, an Atlanta native whose recording, When Lights Are ...

INTERVIEW

Denise Donatelli: Songbird With A Grammy Nomination

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Los Angeles-based vocalist Denise Donatelli won a Grammy nomination with her third CD, When Lights Are Low (Savant Records, 2010). An East Coast native and a recipient of classical piano training, she turned to singing jazz, wound up relocating to the West Coast and has since pursued her performance and recording career. This interview was conducted shortly after her Grammy weekend experience. All About Jazz: Talk a little about your musical background. Denise Donatelli: I was ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Denise Donatelli: When Lights are Low

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Commanding a soothing, lush voice capable of tenderizing the lyrics of any song, Denise Donatelli does a wonderful job on When Light are Low, a collaboration with friend and musical director Geoffrey Keezer. The album has received two Grammy nominations, one of which is for “Best Vocal Jazz Album," leaving no doubt that this is indeed an exceptional recording. The other Grammy nod is for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist," for Keezer's arrangement of Billie Holiday's classic, “Don't Explain."

ALBUM REVIEW

Denise Donatelli: When Lights are Low

Read "When Lights are Low" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

A recent news photo depicted pop singer, Lady Gaga, accepting an MTV Video Music Award bedecked in a gown of raw meat. While reactions to that stunt went to understandable extremes--condone as art or revolt as déclassé--it's easy to wonder what women jazz vocalists might have thought of it. Based upon the marvelously entertaining and stylistically brilliant CD, When Lights are Low, it might not be a surprise to envision Denise Donatelli heading up on stage come Grammy time. And, ...


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