NOW IN BELGIUM : DENISE KING US 4tet
TOP AMERICAN JAZZ SINGER @ VERVIERS JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015
Denise King – vocal, Ivan Paduart – piano, Sal La Rocca – doublebass, Hans van Oosterhout – drums
Philadelphian Denis King is a 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 an Aretha Franklin cover, she puts her heart and soul into every note. In the company of some top famous jazz cats.
(…) ”When people ask me about my music and how I got started, I tell them that my singing career really started by accident. Music was never something that I planned to do or something that I picked. It just happened. After all that I’ve experienced, and all of the wonderful people that I’ve met, I don’t think I would trade this gig for any other in the world”…One day a shy girl from Philadelphia, PA, was sweeping her front stoop and sweetly singing “Summertime” when a guitarist/writer from Philadelphia International Records walked by and heard her singing. He was so impressed by what he heard that he auditioned her, hired her and the rest is history. That was the beginning of a singing career that would WOW people in Brazil, France, Africa, Japan, Turkey, and other places around the world.
With no formal vocal instruction, it’s apparent that she was born to sing. She was introduced to Jazz at age twelve by an uncle who had an extensive collection of Jazz LP’s. Her “studies” involved hours of listening to the Jazz greats, both vocalists and instrumentalists. Denise borrowed phrasing styles from Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole and Frank Sinatra. She gained an appreciation for lyrics from Lil Jimmy Scott, Nancy Wilson, Carmen McCrae and Nina Simone (…) – All About Jazz –