Sandy Dennison and Her Trio
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Apr
26
Sandy Dennison and Her Trio @ Pacific Crest Community Center

Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, USA

Apr
11
Sandy Dennison and Her Trio @ Tony Starlight's Supper Club

Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, USA

Mar
30
Sandy Dennison and Her Trio @ The Heathman Hotel

Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, USA

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"Sandy Dennison and Her Trio are wonderful to work with. Her group added ambiance and flair to our VIP event. All of our guests were very entertained. If I ever have a need like this again, I would be thrilled to book them" - Cathy Wright


"Dennison consistently impresses audiences with her signature combination of trailing vibrato that tugs at memories of Ella Fitzgerald and a languid sense of phrasing that will please fans of Lee Wiley, Barbara Lea and the like. Backed by the stellar complement of Vincent Frates and Adre St. James, Dennison has a fragile Carmen McRae sensuality (by way of Billie Holiday) that scandalizes the gaga innocence of Eisenhower-era pop jazz--and you'll thank her for it." - Tim Duroche


"Sandy Dennison does a great job of building a rapport with the audience and transitions the crowd from quiet musical interludes to an involved and lively musical performance." - Events Co-ordinator


"Sandy was the perfect choice! She kept the energy flowing, even when the crowd topped 300!" - James Michaels


"Sandy is absolutely marvelous! Her voice is so clear and velvety smooth, her style so elegant. Her pianist and bass player are wonderful and their timing is impeccable. All around? Positively delightful!" - Brenda Kell


"Sandy held her audience with professional skill and changing tempos; the evening was sparked with lots of variety and a friendly rapport with the audience." - Events Coordinator


"Sandy Dennison and Her Trio added the elegance and class we were seeking for this special evening. Sandy's versatility and repertoire were ideal for allowing guests to either enjoy the music or dance the night away. Her energy and polish helped us creat a truly unforgettable evening." - Dennis Corwin


"You'd have to go to New York to get this kind of entertainment!" - Events Host


"When I first heard Sandy sing and watched her enliven the audience with her sass and swing, all I could say was WOW! Hire her, you and your audience will be delighted." - Mitzi Zilka


"Sandy Dennison's warm, intimate vocals, does the Duke proud." - Art Abrams


Discography

"Love You Madly" CD - We have good air play on KMHD FM Radio, Whole Wheat Bread and multiple digital companies.

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Bio

...Jazz is the heart of American music and that's exactly what we give you......heart!

..."Sandy Dennison bursts with good cheer. Her enthusiasm is one of her best assets and her snappy delivery works well in any venue." Donna Kimura, JazzReview.com

...Sandy grew up on the East Coast, immersed in music…country to Bach, but was most influenced by Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horn. In her twenties Sandy had her own band and sang throughout the Delaware Valley. Sandy studied with some of the best teachers in Philadelphia, including voice and stage presence under the watchful eye of Bucky Harris, and voice with Lenny Payton, former music coordinator on several New York based television shows. After working the circuit for eight years, Sandy left the music business to raise her family. Now, Sandy's back and appearing regularly at venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Other venues which add to the quality of her performance: Sandy appears, as a guest artist, with small jazz ensembles and the Carroll Raaum Swing Orchestra. Sandy teaches private lessons and workshops.

Sandy has performed with other stellar musicians: Mel Brown drummer with Mo Town and Diana Ross, Darrell Grant pianist with Mary Carter, Mark Simon pianist with Leroy Vinnegar, Dan Presley with Tall Jazz, Phil Baker bassist with Pink Martini, Scott Steed bassist with Diane Schurr, Eddy Weid pianist with Mel Torme, Steve Christofferson pianist with Nancy King, Patrick Lamb, Bobby Torres conga with Joe Cocker and Tom Jones, Gary Hobbs drummer with Stan Kenton, Graham Lear drummer with Santana and Paul Anka.

...Vincent is an Emmy award-winning, Grammy nominated composer and jazz pianist:Music score credits include:TV - "ABC Sports", "Good Morning America", "NBC Nightly News", "Oprah", "Dateline", "Friends" and "The Sopranos". Movies – "The Lion King", "U-571", "The Perfect Storm", "The Nightmare Before Christmas", "The Three Muskiteers". Documentaries – "Butch Cassidy and the Outlaw Trail", "The Great Salt Lake: America's Legacy of Wetlands", and musical director for the "Jazz Vespers" concert series for 13 years in Salt Lake City, Utah.

...Andre St. James travels the world and is the bassist of choice for many of the world's finest musicians:Mel Brown Sextet (winner of the Int'l Hennessey Jazz Search Contest 1989), Dewey Redman, George Cables, Bobby Hutcherson, Andrew Hill, Charlie Rouse, Herb Ellis, Harold Land, Blue Mitchell Quintet, Dennis Springer Quartet, Eddie Moore, Allen Jones, David Murray, Butch Morris, Harold Tan, Kai Winding, Sun Ra, Ezra Weiss, Omnibus, Ed Kellye, Smiley Winter, Sonny Rollins, Yoku Tamura Trio-Japan, Baha'I World Concgress Orchestra, New York City. Instructor: Faculty member of the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, 1989-2004.

...Ed Pierce is a ten year veteran with just the right touch:Humboldt State PM Jazz Big Band, Mad River Transit Vocal Jazz Ensemble, "Unseen", The Big Foot Stompers Dixieland Jazz Band at the Humbolt County Dixieland Jazz Festival (five years), Humboldt Calypso Band (four years). Porkpie Octet, Renato Caranto Quartet, Ez Weiss and Blues Connotation, James/Woods Nonet, Terry Robb Band, Paul de Lay Trio, Johnny Martin Trio,
Geno Michaels, Norman Moody Blues Forecast, Li' Lynn and the Smokin' Soles.

We have the flexibility to work elegant and intimate spaces, creating great ambiance, or go into the festival atmosphere with energy and vivacity. The crowds love us!!!