Danielle Reich – This Year’s Kisses
For emerging jazz singer Danielle Reich, there have been only short steps from her classical coloratura opera focus in Florida to standing room only in the Heights of Houston.
From orchestras to a first time out at an intimate Houston jazz jam, Danielle has enjoyed the support of many outstanding Houston musicians as she has developed her organic interpretive style, expanded her repertoire, and engaged in an array of small groups that blur musical boundaries. Her current projects range from traditional straight ahead combos to gypsy swing to jazz-adapted 70s and 80s pop. Throughout her growth, she has particularly enjoyed the support and expertise of musicians Carol Morgan, Joe LoCascio, Larry Slezak, and Andrew Lienhard.
A regular performer in Galleria wine cafes and night clubs, Danielle is also well known to the customers at the King Biscuit Patio Cafe in The Heights, where fans regularly have to stand on the sidewalk to be a part of the new jazz sounds. Danielle continues to host the weekly Biscuit Jazz Jam, which she founded in 2007 with guitarist Erin Fisher Wright and bassist Thomas Helton. The Biscuit Jazz Jam, in combination with weekly appearances by the Danielle Reich Trio, led to the King Biscuit Patio Cafe receiving the 2010 Houston Press Award for Best Jazz Club in Houston. Recent jam sessions have featured outstanding teenage musicians and local jazz legends.
Danielle’s performing passions have crossed genres from classical to jazz to the avant- garde. After beginning her performance career in classical productions at The University of Florida and Stetson University, Danielle moved to Houston where she has premiered new works by Julliard-trained trumpeter and composer Carol Morgan and pianist Joe Locascio, and has performed with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus. She was featured in Houston and New York venues with avant-garde composer/bassist Thomas Helton, a Houston Arts Alliance grant recipient, as well as performing experimental works for musicians and dancers with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble.
Currently performing American and European jazz favorites in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Danielle Reich also creates jazz interpretations of an eclectic mix of songs from the popular genre, including 70s and 80s folk, pop, and country selections. While in Houston, Danielle has performed for the oldest club in Texas, The Galveston Artillery Club, the Da Camera Society of Houston, and the French Consulate. She has just completed her first studio recording project, “This Year’s Kisses,” recorded at Sugar Hill Studios and produced by NYC trumpeter Carol Morgan. Danielle looks forward to sharing her musical ideas and unique sound with a world-wide audience.
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