Whether headlining at the historic “Blue Note Jazz Club” in New York, conquering the national jazz festival scene, or sharing the stage with the legendary Tony Bennett, Denise Thimes has an unmistakable tendency to steal the show and astonish crowds of every size and background.
After describing her brilliant voice as a perfect mix of “Ella, Sassy, Lady Day, Nancy, Dianne, and Carmen, to name a few” it came only naturally that legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry would, at New York’s historic Flushing Town Hall, select Denise Thimes as that night’s guest vocalist. Even sharing the stage with such jazz greats as Dr. Billy Taylor, Earl May, Benny Powell, Jimmy Heath and Tootie Heath couldn’t hinder the rising star, who dazzled the audience once more, bringing them to their feet for yet another series of standing ovations.
An accomplished performer, Denise Thimes has always been destined for stardom. While many artists “dabble” in theater, Denise Thimes is an undisputed class act. She has toured both America and Europe with several critically acclaimed productions and is an 8-time recipient of the St. Louis Black Repertory Woodie Award for both musicals and drama.
This truly inspirational and unique artist is often asked by fellow noteworthy musicians “why haven’t we heard of you?” Not to worry. With a voice that noticeably (as Clark Terry puts it) “ranks with one of the greats,” it won’t be long. It’s clear that Denise Thimes is unquestionably one of the fastest rising stars in modern jazz. So much, in fact, that when Queen Elizabeth II made her highly publicized visit to the United States in May of 2007, she hand-selected Denise as the entertainment for her private dinner gala with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush among many other esteemed guests.