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Described as, "untarnished by the politics of music" (Jazz Music Archives) and "at home alongside more contemporary exponents of improvising singing" (LoudMouth, AU) Danielle Wertz is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and educator. After being named a semi-finalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, she self-released a duo project that was recorded at ABC Studios in Sydney, Australia, and has been receiving high praise since its 2017 release.
Danielle currently lives in Northern California and is quickly gaining recognition as one of the Bay Area’s most in-demand vocalists. As she continues to focus more on original compositions and arrangements, Danielle is looking forward to releasing her first album with a full band in 2021.
Danielle has also had the privilege of working and performing with many world class musicians in a professional, non-academic setting including Cyrille Aimée, Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz, Chris Botti, Michael Bowie, Lena Seikaly, Mark G. Meadows and Chris Grasso.
From renowned concert halls, performing arts centers and music venues, Danielle has performed on stages of all sizes:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Arsht Center, SFJAZZ Center, Blues Alley, Black Cat SF, The Mansion at Strathmore, The Carlyle Club, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, The Creative Cauldron, Twins Jazz, Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club, and the St. Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Hall.
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"Untarnished by the politics of music, what's brought forth is pure, innocent and simply beautiful."
-Carmel DeSoto, Jazz Music Archives
"Wertz is operating with a literate and studious harmonic knowledge, and a refreshing clarity of sound free from the imitative mannerisms that dog many jazz vocalists."
-Chris Hale, Glam Adelaide
"Many of the jazz vocalists I listen to for review here have no idea about getting truly intimate with the listener, but Danielle has a talent like few others in this arena."
-Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
"Throughout the program, one can hear how much time the musicians spent exploring the songs, moving away from cliched performances into interpretations that are more personal. That's what audiences usually want [...] If the emotions are honest, the music has power."
-Richard B. Kamins from Step Tempest