DENISE KING (US) @ Music Village (BE)
April 13, 2018
DENISE KING (US) 4tet
FRI 13.04 & SAT 14.04 9PM
Denise King (vocals), Ivan Paduart (piano), Sal La Rocca (bass) & Mimi Verderame (drums)
Philadelphian Denis King is a no-nonsense singer, whose naturally beautiful voice, vibrato and phrasing please musicians as well as fans. Whether she’s singing a Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan standard, or a Gladys Knight or Aretha Franklin cover, she puts her heart and soul into every note. First time at the Village for 2 nights in the company of talented pianist IVAN PADUART and some other famous jazz cats.
”Denise King sings pop and jazz standards with touches of the blues, soul and even gospel in a voice steeped in a sophisticated, swinging, sometimes soulful, satin style much like one of her idols, Sarah Vaughan.” All About Jazz
Denise King was born and raised in West Philadelphia and is the third of five children. She was “discovered” by a friend who heard her singing outside of her home and introduced her to the world of Jazz performance.
Her early performance experiences involved sharing the stage with many legends, Butch Ballard, Arthur Harper, Sam Dougherty, Cecil Payne, Jymie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes, Lex Humphries and many, many more. One night while performing at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia, Denise met Dexter Wansel, writer,arranger, producer, and A&R director at Philadelphia International Records. That meeting would forge a work relationship that has spanned twenty years. Denise has mastered the art of making a song her own no matter what the genre. Over the years, she has shared the stage with or opened for such greats as Roy Hargrove, The Brecker Brothers, Phil Wright, Cecil McBee, Christian McBride, Dexter Wansel, Orrin Evans, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Watson, Lonnie Plaxico, Uri Caine, Sid Simmons, Dr. Guy Ramsey, J.D. Walter, Derrick Hodge, Chris Beck, Billy Paul, Jean Carne, Celine Dion, Bunny Sigler and the list goes on and on.
With a voice described as velvet smooth she captivates you and holds you with every note. In this age of auto-tune, quick fixes and artistic gimickry, her love of people, performance style, and energy have ensured her a spot in the Jazz community for a long time. She sings pop and jazz standards with touches of the blues, soul and even gospel in a voice steeped in a sophisticated, swinging, sometimes soulful, satin style. Ms King has sung at almost all of the top clubs in Philadelphia, several in New York, Paris, Turkey, Brazil, Africa, Germany and Japan during the past 20 years.
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