Singer-Pianist Dena DeRose Celebrates I Can See Clearly Now with Appearances and New York Times Feature.
Sharp 9 Records recording artist Dena DeRose is pleased to announce that she will be profiled by Terry Teachout in the New York Times Arts and Leisure section, Sunday December 24th, 2000.
Dena will also be featured in the February issue of Down Beat magazine in its Players section.
To celebrate the release of her new Sharp 9 CD, I Can See Clearly Now, Dena will be making NYC appearances at SMOKE on December 15th and 16th and at the Blue Note on January 1st.
Dena DeRose arrived in New York City from her native Binghamton, NY in 1992.
Her formal piano training began at the age of three after her mother heard her pick out melodies on a toy chord organ. She studied classical music through her early teens and in high school began to explore other styles of music. In college she fell in love with jazz and began to build a career as a jazz pianist, performing with such well-known artists as legendary bassists Major Holley and Slam Stewart.
In the mid-1980čs, a series of hand surgeries interrupted Denačs musical career. There was a silver lining to this unfortunate occurrence: she discovered a new and unexpected talent for singing. For about two years Dena worked exclusively as a jazz vocalist, and after making a full recovery, she began to integrate her piano playing with her singing.
As a singer-pianist, Dena's career has blossomed. A steady duo gig at Cleopatra's Needle and dates at Birdland, Metropolis and SMOKE have more recently led to featured festival appearances, most notably the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Kansas City Jazz Festival, the Estoril Jazz Festival (Portugal), the Angra Jazz Festival (Azores) and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
A devoted and charismatic teacher, Dena taught for several years at The New Jersey Performing Arts Centerčs Jazz For Teens program and is an extremely popular faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. I Can See Clearly Now is Dena's third recording for the Sharp 9 label.
The most creative and compelling singer-pianist since Shirley Horn." Joel E. Siegel, Washington City Paper