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Denise Donatelli

Denise Donatelli, a GRAMMY® Nominated Savant recording and international concert artist, has become one of today’s premiere vocalists. To date, she has recorded four albums and her recordings and have collectively garnered three GRAMMY® nominations.


Her 2012 release, Soul Shadows received a GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, the second consecutive nomination in that category of her recording career. Her 2010 release When Lights are Low received two GRAMMY® Nominations, one for Best Jazz Vocal Album and another for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for pianist and collaborator Geoffrey Keezer’s arrangement of "Don't Explain.” In 2008, Denise recorded her second CD entitled “What Lies Within.” The record garnered uniformly high praise from critics and casual listeners alike making it to the top ten of the Jazz Week Radio Chart and in 2005, her first recording “In the Company of Friends” brought her critical acclaim. Additionally, Denise makes a vocal appearance on the Christmas recording, That Time of Year (2011) by GRAMMY® Award Winner Bill Cunliffe.

In addition to her GRAMMY nominations, The Los Angeles Jazz Society has honored Denise with the 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award. Voting advisors include John Clayton, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Johnny Mandel.

Growing up in a rural area of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Donatelli credits her family’s musicality and relative seclusion as reasons for her musical pursuit. “I grew up in the country with no other homes around with the exception of a Shetland Pony farm across the street. I would come home from school, practice piano and listen to my sister's jazz records.” Hers was a musical family (her mother was a singer before marriage and her father came from a family whose musical roots date back to 19th-century Italy). Denise began playing piano at the age of three “when my mother heard me playing ‘Silent Night’ by ear, she took me to my sister’s piano teacher, who was also teaching Keith Jarrett at the time. Occasionally, Keith would drive with us to our recitals and lessons.” For three consecutive years Denise won First-Place Awards in the National Federation of Music Club's regional piano competitions. Fortunately, her love of jazz and passion for singing survived her 15 years of classical piano training.



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