Denise Donatelli Band: A Benefit Concert for EL Sistema Lehigh Valley

Apr 11th, 2016Press Release from Miller Symphony Hall

An American jazz vocalist, recording and international concert artist, a three-time Grammy nominee and a graduate of Parkland High School, this quintet featuring Denise Donatelli comes to Miller Symphony Hall for the first time to do a benefit concert for El Sistema of the Lehigh Valley. Joining Denise is Dave Kikoski, piano; Ed Howard, bass, Clarence Penn, drums; and Don Braden, saxophones.



Cash bar available. Tickets: $35 General Admission.


In addition to her performance at Miller Symphony Hall, Donatelli, a Parkland High School grad, class of 1968, will be among the latest Parkland alumni to receive the district’s Distinguished Alumni Wall of honor on Monday, May 2nd at a function to be held at the Holiday Inn, Fogelsville.  The program was designed to recognize notable Parkland alumni who have brought honor to Parkland School District. The foundation hopes to inspire students and the community in addition to paying tribute to their alumni. For more information about the Alumni Wall of Honor, visit:

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Denise Donatelli, one of today’s premiere vocalists, alternating between jazz and adult contemporary with ease, has been on quite a roll!  Her last three consecutive albums have received four GRAMMY® nominations.  She has been voted into the Downbeat Critics Poll as Female Vocalist Rising Star for the past three consecutive years, and was named Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. With the release of Find A Heart, Donatelli once again proves why she is the subject of such accolades. 


Described as a “musician’s singer” by the late saxophonist Phil Woods, Donatelli was raised on the East Coast and also trained as a classical pianist. She turned to singing jazz and eventually moved to Los Angeles where she immediately found a home in the community of well-respected musicians. Donatelli’s innate musicianship and pure tone have won her spots singing for episodes of The Simpsons and numerous television promos including Turner Classic Movies. Her on-camera work consists of national and international commercials for such brands as CNN, Hyundai, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. Denise has also aligned with the American Heart Association and performed the National Anthem at their annual Heart Walk in Los Angeles.


In addition to her recent Best Jazz Vocal Album GRAMMY® nomination for Find A Heart, Denise was also nominated for her 2012 release ‘Soul Shadows’ and her 2010 release, ‘When Lights are Low,’ which also garnered a nomination for arranger Geoffrey Keezer in the Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist category. She recorded two previous albums, ‘What Lies Within’, her first Savant release in 2008 and ‘In the Company of Friends’ on the Jazzed Media label.


“Denise’s voice is a polished instrument. It (she) moves up and down scales, octaves, emotions with seeming ease, the mark of true artistry. It never seemed like Sinatra was working at it, did it!”……Brian Arsenault/International Review of Music



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