It’s no small accomplishment to be thought of as “The most creative and compelling singer- pianist since Shirley Horn”, but that’s exactly how Joel Siegel of the Washington City Paper described Dena DeRose. If she comes to your city and you want to catch the show, go early, because the room is going to be packed. She not only awes her audiences and music critics with her facility on the piano and her swing- ing, soothing vocal style but, as Richard Scheinin (San Jose Mercury) aptly put it, “... she exudes joy ... what soul!”
DeRose always delivers “...vivid and often exciting demonstrations of how innovative her musical con- cepts are...” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner). She has brought that vitality and innovation to performances alongside the likes of Ray Brown, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, Benny Golson, Scott Hamilton, John Scofield, Benny Green, Ray Drummond, Alex Riel, Deborah Brown, Jimmy Cobb, Ken Peplowski, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Kenny Burrell, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Sheila Jordan, Rufus Reid, Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Marvin Stamm, and many, many others.
As a recording artist, DeRose has 12 CDs as a leader to her credit, all of which have received superior accolades. Her newest, and second, HighNote release ‘United’ features the incomparable rhythm section of Martin Wind and Matt Wilson with guests Ingrid Jensen on trumpet and Peter Bernstein on guitar. This CD hit the streets February 2016 and has stayed on the radio playlists reporting to JazzWeek.com for months, has been featured on many radio stations in Europe, and has garnered many excellent reviews by Downbeat, JazzTimes, JazzHistoryOnline, All About Jazz, The New York Record, and many other in- ternational jazz publications.