Dena Derose

Dena DeRose is often called “The most creative, compelling singer-pianist ever since Shirley Horn”. This is no small feat. You should get there early if you want to see her perform in your city. Her ability on the piano and vocal talents not only amaze her audiences, but Richard Scheinin, the San Jose Mercury, said it well, “… She exudes joy… What soul! Dena has an impressive number of performances credits. There are many legendary clubs worldwide, including the Blue Note, Smoke and the Jazz Standard, New York, the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., the Pitt Inn and Body and Soul, The Jazz Showcase and Alexander Platz in Rome, and The San Francisco Jazz Festival. Other notable Jazz Festivals include The Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel and The Monterey Jazz Festival. Dena is known for her “…vivid, often thrilling demonstrations of her innovative musical concepts …”. (Philip Elwood – San Francisco Examiner). She brings that same energy and innovation to performances alongside Ray Brown, Clark Terry and Marian McPartland. She brought all of it to New York in 1991. Dena’s talents were widely recognized a decade later. She has 10 albums as a recording artist to her credit. All of them have received high praises. Cadence Magazine awarded her the Album of The Year and Best Vocal Jazz Album Awards for her Sharp Nine albums “Another World” (with Cadence Magazine’s approval) and “I Can See Clearly now”. Christopher Louden, Jazz Times, says that MaxJazz “… makes a big step forward with “A Walk In The Park”. It was also nominated for three Grammys. Two recordings were released in 2007 entitled “The Nearness of Two”, a concert in Ancona, Italy, with trumpeter Marvin Stamm and a group effort recording called Vega “A Night in Claremont”. This recording features Akira Tana, Ray Drummond, Dave Ellis, and Dave Ellis as a drummer, composer, arranger and vocalist. Maxjazz CDs Dena – “Dena DeRose Live at Jazz Standard Volume 1

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