“Denise Kidder has the rare ability to sing both beautifully and unabashedly from her own heart and thus to touch her listeners' hearts deeply. For such a performer style and content really become secondary to direct expression. That said, her stylistic range is both wide and often surprising, as she is not afraid to reinterpret a song in an unusual, personal and typically fascinating way. It is an unbeatable combination! ”
— Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart, American Jazz Duo Tuck & Patti
“Denise possesses a steady intensity and focus in her singing that dives deep. She has all the jazz ingredients: phrasing, swinging and clarity of purpose. Listening to her artistry captures your ear, heart and soul. A special artist!”
— Julie Kelly, Downbeat Readers Poll Best Jazz Vocalist
“Denise Kidder has a warm, fresh, ringing voice, a powerful way of delivering the meaning of a song, and exquisite taste in material. She is a singer of top quality who will appeal to anyone who enjoys jazz vocals.”
— Zan Stewart, award-winning jazz writer for the Los Angeles Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, Down Beat magazine, et al
“[Her] sound is legitimate jazz singer through and through. Edgy when it needs to be and sweet when you want it to be. A bit of "Betty Carter" with horn-like phrasing.”
— Greta Matassa, Jazz Vocalist, Recording Artist and Educator
SHORT (49 WORDS)
San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Denise Kidder is known for her gorgeous tone, intelligent, soulful lyrics and modern sound. She has been described as a having a "great ear" and a clear, horn-like sound and nuanced interpretation. Her unusual repertoire includes jazz standards, Brazilian gems from past and present composers and her own originals.
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LONG (218 WORDS)
Vocalist/Songwriter Denise Kidder is known for her gorgeous tone, modern style, soulful lyrics and musical sophistication. She has been described as having "a great ear" and a clear, horn-like sound.
"[She] has a warm, fresh, ringing voice, a powerful way of delivering the meaning of a song, and exquisite taste in material. She is a singer of top quality..., ” writes Zan Stewart, an award-winning jazz writer formerly for the Los Angeles Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, Down Beat magazine, et al.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area and alumna of University of California at Berkeley, she studied classical piano as a child for several years under the tutelage of her piano teacher mother and world-class pianist Vladimir Pleshakov.
Her jazz training includes study at the California Jazz Conservatory, study with Mark Murphy, Patti Cathcart Andress (Tuck & Patti), Madeline Eastman, Kate McGarry, Marcos Silva, Jane Sharp and Molly Holm (one of original Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra singers). While she draws her repertoire from an eclectic array of jazz standards and Brazilian gems from Jobim to Edu Lobo, as well as modern composers such as Herbie Hancock, Chico Pinheiro, deep musical influences include classic divas Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day, June Christie, and Blossom Dearie. She writes original songs and lyrics and is currently working on a recording project.
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