Ashley Daneman

Ashley is a singer/songwriter who creates expressive audio landscapes at the intersection of jazz and modern folk music. She crafts organic, vignette-like songs with rich harmonies that the West Michigan Jazz Society aptly describes as “…an uncompromising concoction of subtle and intimate jazz with a touch of hipster singer-songwriter.”

Noted as “a fine young jazz vocalist” (USA Today), Ashley’s songwriting has also been recognized through grants awarded and artist residencies such as The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop and Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead.

Ashley honed her chops on the Washington, D.C. jazz scene before completing her masters degree in Jazz Vocal Performance at Manhattan School of Music. All About Jazz says “Ashley owns a decidedly individualistic style and a willingness to take interpretive risks, the true hallmark of the dedicated jazz musician.”

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“Editors’ Pick” DownBeat Magazine - January 2015 “her full-length debut makes it clear that she is carving out her own unique identity.” - Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine “Daneman’s vocal control and phrasing are impressive here, and she has crafted an arrangement that gracefully merges her wordless singing with the poignant cello work” “her aesthetic approach marries the sophistication of jazz harmonies with the hooks associated with folk-rock.” - Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine “Throughout the album, the choice of instrumentation…is combined with tasteful production to complement the overall song structure.” - Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine

“Best of 2014” Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange - January 2015

“beautiful jazz art music from a gorgeous voice with superb accompaniment” (I got to hear it Dec

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Level II Certified in Somatic Voicework (tm) The LoVetri Method Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music: Jazz Vocal Performance

Clinic/Workshop Information

Strength & Freedom for the Contemporary Singer

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People Are Fragile

People Are Fragile

Flood Music

Beauty Indestructible

Beauty Indestructible

Self Produced

Here comes a body

Here comes a body

Ashley Daneman
Beauty Indestructible


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