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ena DeRose is a “stunningly talented pianist/vocalist” (Cadence) who has taught and performed at Stanford Jazz Workshop since 1996. Fortunately for SJW students and audiences, she has returned every year since then, even as her ever-increasing popularity as a performing and recording artist has taken her to the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals and venues, including the Blue Note, the Kennedy Center, and the North Sea and Monterey Jazz Festivals.
Dena began playing piano as a child in suburban New York, and became fascinated by jazz after discovering the music of Count Basie as a teenager. In college, she devoted herself to jazz, practicing for hours on end and making frequent trips to New York City to hear her favorite pianists. All her practicing and playing took an unexpected toll when Dena developed severe carpal tunnel syndrome, which made it impossible to play the piano. This hardship turned into a new opportunity when, on a friend’s dare, Dena took the stage and sang at a local club. By the time her piano chops had recovered, singing was an essential part of Dena’s musical life.
Dena has recorded ten CDs as a leader, each of which has been adored by listeners and hailed by critics. Her two live recordings at New York’s Jazz Standard have earned Grammy nominations and made the top-ten lists of such publications as Downbeat and All About Jazz. In addition to her work as a performing and recording artist, Dena has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, the New School, and other top jazz institutions. She is currently the head of the Jazz Vocal department at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.