Denise King

Denise King


If you miss true singing you HAVE to hear Denise King. Her recordings are great, her live performances are a must see, her musicians are fanatastic!! Denise King is the real deal. Find out what the buzz is all about! To listen visit: or


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.

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.
In 1999 Denise founded a community based Jazz concert series and children's lieracy program Bebop and Books. She will appear as an xtra in the movie "Cover" directed by Bill Duke.

Concerts, Festivals and Theater

It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Prince Theater
Painted Bride Arts Center
Mellon Jazz Festival
PECO Energy Jazz Festival
Sunoco Welcome America
Toured Europe, Brazil and Africa with Billy Paul
Wiggins Park Jazz Series
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Cape May Jazz Festival
Cape May Convention Center
Willingboro Jazz Festival
Trump Castle w/ Dexter Wansel
Resorts SuperStar Theater w/ Dexter Wansel
Fort Dupont, Washington DC
Tribute to The Sound of Phila.
Too Close to Home w/ Conway and Pratt
When The Bough Breaks w/ TOVA
The Jazz Cruise 2006
"Cover" a feature film by Bill Duke

Radio and Television
Profiles w/ Toni Nash channel 57
10!, Phila., PA
All Things Considered, Elizabeth Blair
WRTI 90.1, Phila., PA

Club Venues
Q Jazz Bar Istanbul, Turkey
Satin Doll, Kobe Japan
La Villa Paris France
Black Bar, Berlin, Germany
Weitzigmann Pallazzo Frankfurt, Germany

New York City:
Birdland, Iridium, Smalls, Village Gate

Philadelphia, PA:
Chris', Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, Warm Daddy’s,
Zanzibar Blue



I Remember You...Live In Japan
Now...Ain't That Love
Simply Mellow

CD's with others and Background vocals:
Digital Groove World, Dexter Wansel
Shooting Star, Lou Rawls
Live In Paris, Billy Paul
I Refuse To Be Lonely, Phyllis Hyman

Hear music at:


I Remember You...Live In Japan
Now...Ain't That Love
Simply Mellow

CD's with others and Background vocals
Dexter Wansel Digital Groove World
Lou Rawls Shooting Star
Billy Paul Live In Paris
Phyllis Hyman I Refuse To Be Lonely
Musicology with Dr Guy Ramsey

FEVER can be heard on radio stations nationally and internationally.

Various jingles and voice overs

Set List

A typical concert or festival performance lasts one and half to 2 hours depending on the venue or event. Club performances are usually
one hour per set. Performances include a mix of traditional Jazz, smooth Jazz, Blues and R&B.