Ashley Daneman, “a fine young jazz vocalist” (USA Today), creates music with an individualistic style and a willingness to take interpretive risks. Whether singing jazz standards or own songs, she arranges intimate audio landscapes with rich harmonies and pop influences.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Ashley relocated to Kalamazoo, Michigan after spending ten years on the East coast. Most recently, she performed with her group in New York City jazz clubs (Zinc Bar, Cornelia Street Café), other venues (St. John the Divine, American Folk Art Museum), and at special events working together to touch audiences with a compelling listening experience.
While in New York, Ashley also completed a masters degree in Jazz Vocal Performance at Manhattan School of Music under the direction of Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, and Theo Bleckmann. Her music is also heavily influenced by Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, and Joni Mitchell.
Ashley is a two-time arts grant recipient and was a resident artist in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead (2003: Washington, DC) and at The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop (2010: Alberta, Canada). She performs regularly with her band, which includes her husband, trumpet player Benje Daneman.