Dena DeRose Trio with special guest Donald Bailey
Saturday, Aug 02, 2008 8:00 PM PDT
Stanford University Campbell Recital Hall, Palo Alto, CA
"Dena DeRose sings jazz as if she had been at it her whole life long, and then some. She interprets standards in a deliciously laconic, no-nonsense manner, accompanying herself on piano with hard swinging grace." --The New York Times
Dena DeRose needs no introduction to Stanford Jazz Festival regulars. Her unmistakable vocal style and inventive piano playing have drawn excited crowds to Stanford for years. Trained as a pianist from a young age, DeRose saw her early career threatened when wrist surgery forced her to put aside her main instrument. Fortunately, one night she took a friend's dare and sang onstage at a club. By the time her piano chops recovered, it was clear that her vocal talents gave her a unique perspective on the piano and vice versa. Dena's energetic, swinging, piano is the perfect accompaniment to her nuanced vocal phrasing, and the interplay of her talents imbues her interpretations of standards, original tunes, and little-known gems with personality and sophistication. She can craft a song into a story with humor, joy, drama, and blues.