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Denise Donatelli
Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:30 PM
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
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  • Ticket Price: $24.00 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Restrictions: 2 Bev Min

“Donatelli makes it sound so natural to hit the dead center of each note, you can almost forget how rarely it occurs in the rest of the world. Her intonation combines accuracy with ease in a way most singers can only imagine.” ... Neil Tesser, GRAMMY® winning Jazz Journalist.
Denise Donatelli is one of today’s premiere vocalists, alternating between jazz and adult contemporary with ease. Her last three consecutive albums have received four GRAMMY® nominations, including her latest nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her most recent album Find A Heart. She has been voted into the Downbeat Critics Poll as Female Vocalist Rising Star for the past three consecutive years, and was named Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Jazz Society.
In a previous review, Christopher Loudon of JAZZTIMES, stated her song choices; “tend to be bolder and more interesting, both in terms of material and interpretation.” With Find A Heart, her fifth and latest CD release, Denise again proves her selections are daring and impeccable by expanding the idea of the Great American Songbook beyond its heyday.
Joining forces with producer/arranger, pianist Geoffrey Keezer for a fourth consecutive recording, Find a Heart features an all-star cast of musicians, including: Brazilian guitarist, Leonardo Amuedo, bassist Carlitos del Puerto, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and a special guest appearance by trumpeter Chris Botti. The recording includes music written by Sting, David Crosby, Beck, The Yellowjackets, Brenda Russell, Donald Fagan and the rock band Journey. “I think we made some great selections, she states, I wanted to find songs that hadnʼt been covered much before and I think we selected some great music to introduce to jazz fans.”
Denise has recorded six albums to date ... Find A Heart (2015) recently received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, joining previous nominations in the same category for Soul Shadows’ (2012) and ‘When Lights are Low’ (2010), which also received a nomination for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist. She recorded two previous albums, ‘What Lies Within’ (2008), her first Savant release and ‘In the Company of Friends’ (2005) on the Jazzed Media label.
Described as a “musicianʼs singer” by the late saxophonist Phil Woods, Donatelli was raised on the East Coast and has been trained as a classical pianist. She turned to singing jazz and eventually moved to Los Angeles where she immediately found a home in the community of well-respected musicians.  Denise has headlined in recent years at Jazz At Lincoln Center, has performed at numerous jazz festivals and universities across the country where she has conducted vocal master classes. Her innate musicianship and pure tone have won her spots singing for television episodes of The Simpsons and numerous TV promos including Turner Classic Movies. Her on-camera work consists of national and international commercials for such brands as CNN, Hyundai, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. Denise recently aligned with the American Heart Association and performed the National Anthem at their annual Heart Walk in Los Angeles.