Pianist, vocalist and composer/arranger Dena DeRose is a triple threat. She fell in love with jazz in college and began building a career as a jazz pianist playing anytime she could. Dena would often drive hours on end from upstate New York to New York City to hear idols like Hank Jones, Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller perform.
Unfortunately bouts with carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis interrupted Dena’s career as an instrumentalist since for two years she could not play piano. However she discovered a new and unexpected talent – singing – and those two years worked exclusively as a jazz vocalist until after a full recovery she began to integrate piano playing with her singing. Dena interprets standards and hangs up time as strikingly and as originally as any song stylist and has been called “…the “most creative and compelling singer-pianist since Shirley Horn.”
In addition to leading her own trio, she has performed with the Ray Brown Trio, the Clark Terry Quintet, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Randy Brecker, Gene Bertoncini and Joe Lovano.
An experienced educator, Dena is a member of the piano and voice faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Groningen Conservatory of Music in The Netherlands. Love’s Holiday, her fourth CD for Sharp Nine Records was released in September 2002.