Singer/songwriter/keyboard player Denise La Grassa has been winning over audiences with her mix of jazzy/folk/rock & her effervescent personality since her 1999 debut The Tracks. She has played Chicago’s prominent jazz haunts, including The Green Mill, Pops for Champagne, The Velvet Lounge, Green Dolphin Street and Andy’s Jazz Club. She has appeared in New York City at The Knitting Factory, FEZ, H.E.R.E., Surf Reality & Collective Unconscious, as well as abroad in Germany, Switzerland and England.
With the release of April Dreams, her first CD in nearly 7 years, La Grassa can't help but look back on her childhood in suburban Chicago. Her infectious laugh bubbles out of her as she remembers the beginning of her songwriting career. I was 5, maybe 6 years old and I was writing songs like mad. Once I had a fistful ready to go, I would head out and knock on my neighbors doors and sing the songs right there on their doorstep! I was hoping they'd like the songs enough to buy them. I thought if I sold enough songs, I could buy birthday & Christmas presents for my family. I tell you, I was on my way, but once my family phone started ringing with those, ahh, entertained neighbors, my Mom, uh, politely asked me to stop. But I did get a few dollars in my pocket, and more importantly, I got confidence at an early age as a songwriter.
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“La Grassa is a singer of serious jazzy talent and an artful writer” Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
“There is something thrilling about watching her … and that girl can sing!” Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader
“La Grassa’s performance and compositions are filled with a great deal of talent, originality and panache!” Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“La Grassa's strong singing voice has a radiant folk quality” Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun Times
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