Donatelli rises towards the highest levels of the jazz vocal art" —Don Heckman
“Donatelli slides between the role of singer and musician with the cool acrobatics of an athlete.” —John McDonough, DOWNBEAT
“Denise Donatelli triumphs!” —Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Inquirer
The stellar, sensitive playing by all members of her band had to be top notch to mesh with Denise’s nonpareil vocal abilities. Simply her best work to date! —Bob Stone
GRAMMY nominated Denise Donatelli’s fourth recording, Soul Shadows is scheduled for release by Savant Records on September 11, 2012 and in October; the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award will honor Denise. The Soul Shadows 2012-2013 CD release tour will launch with two nights of concerts on October 12 – 13, 2012 at Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club in Los Angeles with collaborator pianist/composer Geoffrey Keezer, piano -Peter Sprague, guitar - Carlitos del Puerto, bass - Walter Rodriguez, percussion.
Denise's three previous recordings, In the Company of Friends (Jazzed Media 2005), What Lies Within (Savant Records 2008), and When Lights are Low (Savant Records 2010) have consistently topped the National Jazz Week radio charts and When Lights are Low peaked at #2 and remained on the chart for 23 weeks. It then resurfaced 28 weeks later where it remained on the chart for 7 more weeks.
Denise Donatelli, GRAMMY nominated and critically acclaimed award winning Savant recording artist, has become one of today’s premiere jazz vocalists. 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" — confirms Denise's status in the upper echelons of talented and engaging jazz artists in the country. Denise also appears as guest vocalist on GRAMMY Award Winner Bill Cunliffe's Christmas recording, That Time of Year. (2011).
Denise tours extensively, performing with university jazz bands, conducting master clinics and has headlined in recent years at New York's famed Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, San Diego's Birch Theater, Seattle's Jazz Alley, Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, CA, and the historic Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in addition to jazz festivals across the country.
Get your tickets now - Friday October 12th will be hosted by KJAZZ 88.1 FM radio host Bubba Jackson at Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club in Los Angeles with collaborator pianist/composer Geoffrey Keezer, piano, Peter Sprague, guitar - Carlitos del Puerto, bass - Walter Rodriguez, percussion. Tickets are available at ticketweb.com or vitellosjazz.com or call 818-769-0905 to reserve a seat!