“With the poise of an opera diva and an ability to scat like Ella Fitzgerald, New York-based singer Danielle Freeman possesses a voice that commands attention with beauty and control on her debut, Dorian." - Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz, December 28, 2010
Danielle Freeman’s music is based on an neo-baroque classical jazz theme. Her quintet ensemble, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a unification of operatic classical forms with improvisation, jazz harmony and experimental musical freedom. She has been described as a forward thinking vocalist of jazz influence. Her debut EP, Dorian, primarily and an acoustic bass and voice duo album was released in 2010.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Danielle Freeman holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Northern Arizona University. She is a 2012 New York Women Composers Organization Seed Grant recipient where she performed selections from the organization's composers and her compositions at the Drom in New York City. She is a recipient of several collegiate awards such as the Edgar Alan Stone Award for Vocal Performance and the Audrey Auditorium Award for voice. As well, she is also a proud recipient of Arizona’s Martin L. King Fine Arts Scholarship.
She also leads and composes for an acoustic bass and voice duo. The duo is a more intimate musical setting of compositions which allows freedom for the voice and the bass to interchange harmony, bass figure and melody. Improvisational risk, melodic exploration and performing as acoustically as possible breathe excitement and intensity to each live performance.
In addition to her performing projects, she has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in their 2012 production of Showboat and their 2008 production of Porgy and Bess. In following a passion for contemporary opera, she has sung the role of “Jenny” in the Robert Ward's opera, Claudia Legare, at Dicapo Opera Theatre (2005). She has performed the role of “The Frog” in Michael Webster’s, Hell-the Opera, produced by Beth Morrison Projects. As well, she has toured with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra for their 2005 production of Scott Joplin's ragtime opera, Treemonisha. she has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in their productions of La Boheme and Margaret Garner, starring Denyce Graves and Angela Brown. she performed the role of the “Woman” in the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Porgy and Bess (2007). In 2007, she has performed a workshop as “Mrs. Trout” with American Lyric Theater for their newly composed and commissioned opera the Golden Ticket, based on Roahl Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the spring of 2009, she reprised her performance of The Golden Ticket, which was presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center.