For the Orchestra and audiences alike, it was a real pleasure to have Denise Donatelli grace the stage in Whitney Peak's Cargo Concert Hall September 1, and Sand Harbor's Warren Edward Trepp stage September 2, 2017.
“Donatelli makes it sound so natural to hit the dead center of each note, you can almost forget how rarely it occurs in the rest of the world. Her intonation combines accuracy with ease in a way most singers can only imagine.” … Neil Tesser, GRAMMY® winning Jazz Journalist.
Denise Donatelli is a multi GRAMMY® nominated jazz vocalist alternating between jazz and adult contemporary music. As a Savant Recording artist, Donatelli’s last three recordings Find a Heart (2015), Soul Shadows (2012) and When Lights are Low (2010) have collectively received four GRAMMY® nominations: Three nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and one nomination in the Best Arrangement category. Previously, she recorded two albums, What Lies Within (2008), her first Savant Records release, and In the Company of Friends (2005) for Jazzed Media Records.
In addition to her four GRAMMY® nominations, The Los Angeles Jazz Society, whose voting advisors include Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Johnny Mandel, has honored Denise with the 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award. Denise has also been elected to the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll Female Vocalist Rising Stars for the past four consecutive years.
Frank was the go-to guitar player for so many years in Reno. He could do it all - from jazz to country to blues to classical - with the Reno Philharmonic, and he got it right the first time every time. Frank played in my jazz sextet in the early 1980's and I continued to work with him in countless showroom gigs through 80's and 90's. When the showrooms closed their doors and no longer needed a house orchestra, Reno Jazz Orchestra founders Jack Caudill and Tony Savage invited him to be our first guitarist. Frank was a founding member. The above photo was taken at our 2009 Jazz in the School's performance and the recording (Speedball) if from our first CD. He left the RJO a few years ago but continued to be a presence in Reno's music scene until his recent passing.
He will be missed as a friend and musical collaborator but remembered for all the times and music we all shared with him. A memorial fund has been set up to help his wife Mary and son Frank make through this time.
Help support Mary and Frank Jr if you can and Frank remember…. We love you madly
- Chuck Reider