Denise King | Fever

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by Denise King

Romantic Jazz standards seasoned with smoking uptempo classics to turn the fire up. Sultry. Smoky. Sexy. Perfect for a fireside, dinner party, or mood setter. "FEVER" enjoyed a 14 week stay on WRTI 90.1's Hot 11. It is the #1 Jazz station in Philly.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. The Nearness of You
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2. Fever
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3. Jim
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4. It Never Entered My Mind
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5. Song For My Father
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6. Summertime
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7. In A Sentimental Mood
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8. Autumn Leaves
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9. Violets For My Fur
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10. When I Fall In Love
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11. I Wish You Love
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12. Green Dolphin Street
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About Denise King

"When people ask me about my music and how I got started, I tell them that my singing career really started by accident. Music was never something that I planned to do or something that I picked. It just happened. After all that I've experienced, and all of the wonderful people that I've met, I don't think I would trade this gig for any other in the world."

One day a shy girl from Philadelphia, PA, was sweeping her front stoop and sweetly singing "Summertime” when a guitarist/writer from Philadelphia International Records walked by and heard her singing. He was so impressed by what he heard that he auditioned her, hired her and the rest is history. That was the beginning of a singing career that would WOW people in Brazil, France, Africa, Japan, Turkey, and other places around the world. With no formal vocal instruction, it’s apparent that she was born to sing. She was introduced to Jazz at age twelve by an uncle who had an extensive collection of Jazz LP's. Her "studies" involved hours of listening to the Jazz greats, both vocalists and instrumentalists. Denise borrowed phrasing styles from Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat "King" Cole and Frank Sinatra. She gained an appreciation for lyrics from Lil Jimmy Scott, Nancy Wilson, Carmen McCrae and Nina Simone. The early gigs were difficult in that she was painfully stage shy. But with the help of Sam Reed, sax man and leader of the legendary Uptown Theater Orchestra she overcame her stage fright. Her early experiences involved sharing the stage with many legends, Butch Ballard, Arthur Harper, Sam Dougherty, Cecil Payne, Jymie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes, Lex Humphries and many, many more. They taught her the importance of having something to say every time she stepped up to the microphone. Their instruction paid off. While performing at Zanzibar Blue in Philly, Denise met Dexter Wansel, writer, producer, which opened the door to many recording experiences at Philly International Records. Denise King is a very passionate singer who has a way of pulling her audiences into her performances. Listening to her warm tone, impeccable phrasing, and the absolute control she has of her voice is mesmerizing. Whether she's singing a Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan standard, or a Gladys Knight or Aretha Franklin cover, she puts her heart and soul into every note. Denise has mastered the art of making a song her own no matter what the genre. Over the years, she has shared the stage with such greats as Roy Hargrove, The Brecker Brothers, Phil Wright, Cecil McBee, Christian McBride, Orrin Evans, Lonnie Plaxico, Uri Caine, Sid Simmons, Dr. Guy Ramsey, J.D. Walter, Barbara Morrison, Derrick Hodge, Chris Beck, Billy Paul, Jean Carne, Celine Dion, Bunny Sigler and the list goes on and on. When performing with her band whether trio, quartet or quintet they are the driving force behind her and support her every note. They instinctively know what she's going to do next and meet her there with perfect timing. With a voice described as velvet smooth she captivates you and holds you with every note. When she's in concert, it's not unusual to see her break out into a dance on stage or with someone from the audience. Her shows are always energetic, fun and spontaneous. Her love of people, performance style, and energy are sure to always make Denise King a favorite at any venue.

Denise King Sings Like Satin Doll
By Donald True Van Deusen

Denise King sings pop and jazz standards with touches of the blues, soul and even gospel in a voice steeped in a sophisticated, swinging, sometimes soulful, satin style much like one of her idols, Sarah Vaughan.
Her group includes: Aaron Graves, piano; Lee Smith, bass; Lucky Thompson, drums; Sam Reed, tenor-alto sax and Napoleon Black, percussion; a winning hand in any jazz club.
A singer, who cares about the song, Ms King said: "I am a sucker for the lyrics and not interested in vocal gymnastics. I want to hear the story the writer has to tell." And for this, those who share King"s love of Gershwin and Porter, can only be thankful. Some of her favorites: The Nearness of You, Poor Butterfly, Fever, Stolen Moments and Crazy. Her own favorite singers include: Sarah, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, King Cole, Nancy Wilson, Sinatra and, yes, even Patsy Cline.
Ms King has sung at almost all the top clubs in Philadelphia and several in New York, Paris and Japan during the past 15 years. She started in her thirties and has expanded beyond singing into Denise King Enterprises producing concerts, records and dates for herself and others. Among her childhood influences were an uncle's jazz and blues record collection and Sid Mark's weekly radio marathon of Sinatra stylings. She says now, simply, "I loved gospel, blues, jazz, pop, Sinatra and R&B stars such as Ruth Brown and Ko Ko Taylor." She sums it all up saying, "I think I am a universal spirit." Yes, indeed!


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Naturally talented and she can "yodel".
My favorite song is the "Nearness of You". When i heard the "yodel", I'm like I will fly to Philly again to hear Denise King. I hear the spirit of Carmen. You are truly blessed with a "natural". peace


Cynthia E. Cooper

The CD was wonderful. I really loved it! I would recommed it to all jazz lovers
The cd was wonderful! I especially loved ,"Song For My Father. My father passed away and that song really touched my heart! All of the songs were awesome! If you buy it you will love it! Cynthia Cooper

Sandra Kaye

Denise King Is The VOICE!!
All I had to hear was the first line of the first song and I was sold. Denise King should be on the TOP of billboard. We need to make some noise!! This CD is also grammy ready. Where are these people when we need them.

Sandra Kaye

Todd Forman

Brilliant CD! The ballads envelop you in satin then wrap you in velvet for good measure!

Jan Klincewicz

Denise King has a naturally beautiful voice. One lisen and you'll be a believer
Denise is a no-nonsense singer, whose naturally beautiful voice, vibrato and phrasing please musicians as well as fans.

Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer

King has velvet lined vocal chords and a warm sultry persona. The heat rises whe
King seems to have velvet-lined vocal chords and a warm, sultry persona. The heat rises when she sings the title cut. Her "Nearness of You" measures up to the song's greatness. She even yodels a bit, a la Leon Thomas, on Horace Silver's "Song for My Father."
She finds colors that others haven't in a slow unrolling of "Autumn Leaves," and her duets with pianist Aaron Graves, including "When I Fall in Love," can be heard to great advantage before a working fireplace. King is a torch singer with a strobe light.

All Music Guide, Alex Henderson

Denise King is an expressive, big-voiced singer who combines jazz with elements
Influenced by Nancy Wilson, Marlena Shaw and Sarah Vaughan, Denise King is an expressive, big-voiced singer who combines jazz with elements of R&B, blues and gospel.Though she's no stranger to standards, one of King's strong points has been her ability to provide jazz interpretations of rock and soul hits -- in fact, she has turned everything from Santana's "Evil Ways" to Ruby & the Romantics' "Our Day Will Come" into swinging acoustic jazz. King started recording in the 1990s, offering Live In Japan: I Remember You in 1993, Now Ain't That Love in 1996 and Simply Mellow in 1997. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

Jazz Review/ Jazz Loft Richard Bourcier

Denise is a sentimental traditionalist in every way. She goes out of her way to
That little gal from Philadelphia has done it again. Denise King has followed up her 1998 "Simply Mellow" album with the brand new CD titled "Fever." We loved her then and we still love her.
Denise is a sentimental traditionalist in every way. She goes out of her way to preserve the classy side of jazz singing. In the spirit of such predecessors as Sarah, Nancy Wilson and Carmen McRae, King swings gently and keeps it simple. The "vignettes" with pianist, Aaron Graves are a highlight of the album. On her earlier CD, Denise featured a set of guitar vignettes with David Cullen. The duo tracks work very well for Ms. King.
It's purely a coincidence that I should review "Fever" after hearing that Peggy Lee passed away this morning. Peggy would have loved Denise's version of the song that will forever be her signature.
Among my favorites are the title tune, Jim, In a Sentimental Mood and Horace Silver's beautiful Song For My Father. The inclusion of the rarely recorded Violets For Your Furs earns a lot of praise. It's not an easy song for any singer.
Denise winds up the session with a swinging rendition of Green Dolphin Street. Top marks!

Iraina Salaam

Fantastic local talent!
I heard the Nearness of You on the radio & didn't recognize the artist. I was excited to learn that she was a local talent from Philly! She has a fantastic voice. I love every song on the CD. Can't wait to see her in person!


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