Born: October 25, 1951
Ask jazz vocalist, Dena Taylor, about turning being a seasoned musician and the relevancy of her music in an age of youth and she'll first respond with one of the brightest smiles you could imagine. Then she'll shake her head and, most likely, respond that she hadn't counted on making it to 30 no less still making music after 50. A jovial spirit with a contagious robust laugh is what you will find if you're fortunate enough to spend any time with her.
Dena spent twelve years abroad in the military, combining her years of service with a series of low-profile concert and event gigs. She also accepted invitations to sing with touring USO shows whenever it was compatible with her military schedule....
Awards2014: Nominated in 5 categories for the 2014 Indie Music Channel Awards. The nominations were based on Taylor's newly released CD, The Nearness of You. 2014: Voted one of the Top Five Vocalists in March by SingerUniverse. Track under consideration was Besame Mucho from newly released, The Nearness of You. 2010: Song for My Father (Certitude, 2010) IAIRA: Top 100 International Hits
Listening to Dena Taylor's new album The Nearness of You is like eavesdropping on a conversation between two lovers. The ease of the back and forth exchange between Dena and the jazz ensemble demonstrates their commitment to each other and the integrity of the music. Bree Noble, Women of Substance Radio
Dena Taylor’s Certitude is 11 tracks of unpretentious, well-performed country inspired jazz. The songs are considered standards, but they emanate a rich southern flavor that isn’t often associated with a standard jazz tune. Rosana Caban, MyMusicSuccess
Dena Taylor is without doubt a splendid surprise and the album runs so smoothly that you do not want it to finish. If you are a lover of jazz, jazz standards, warm voices and well-played music, make sure that this album becomes a part of your collection. Max Maffia, Daybox Records
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