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Dena DeRose's debut recording as a leader features the pianist/vocalist playing and singing a dozen standards plus two originals ("The Wish" and "Be My Love"). DeRose has a haunting voice and a fluent and swinging piano style that uplifts and personalizes such songs as "When Lights Are Low," "Blue Skies," "Gone With the Wind," and "Beautiful Love." She is assisted by bassist Michael Zisman, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, and Steve Wilson on alto and soprano. Although DeRose would continue to grow and evolve since this time, this was an impressive beginning for the New York-based jazz musician.


Born: 15 February 1966 in Binghamton, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Dena DeRose overcame a debilitating disease to become a significant force in jazz as both a pianist and a singer. She began playing piano when she was three and, in addition to her piano lessons, she studied classical organ and percussion. In school DeRose performed with the orchestra, the marching band, and the jazz band, and accompanied musicals. She took classes in classical piano at SUNY Binghamton and worked as a jazz pianist in upstate New York. But in the mid-'80s she was struck with a combination...
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