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Ashley Daneman is a singer and songwriter who goes deep with her blend of jazz/modern folk influenced by Joni Mitchell & Dianne Reeves.

 
 
“Winner of the 2015 JONI MITCHELL/LAURA NYRO “MOJO” AWARD as her music best embraces the dedication, hard-work, fearlessness, originality, eclecticism & discipline of Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro’s work.”
— Oregon NPR 89.7FM
 Photo: Grant Beachy

Photo: Grant Beachy

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Ashley Daneman is a singer and songwriter who goes deep with her blend of jazz and modern folk. Daneman grew up in Toledo, Ohio studying classical voice and performing in musicals before turning to jazz and songwriting. Her latest release, critically acclaimed “Beauty Indestructible,” is available on iTunes and Bandcamp. Selected by DownBeat Magazine as “Editor’s Pick,” her music draws comparisons to Becca Stevens, Laura Nyro, and even Stephen Sondheim. “Beautiful jazz art music from a gorgeous voice with superb accompaniment,” says Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, and Richard Kamins (Step Tempest) called it, “a profound work of art that is so alive, so positive, and so blessedly musical.”

Daneman has been performing around the US for the last 15 years in several large cities, including her old hometown of New York City. She earned her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, and Theo Bleckman. Daneman also was a resident artist at The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s JazzAhead and The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop in Alberta, Canada.

A late career start and plenty of interesting life turns have caused Daneman to examine the existential and debut “a publicly intimate recording that is frank and unapologetic. Beauty Indestructible is a collection of nine original “spirit poems” scored and written by Daneman, existing as an intensely personal song cycle. Daneman addresses the fundamental healing power of love” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz).

Ashley lives with and her husband, trumpeter Benje Daneman, and three daughters in Kalamazoo, MI.

 

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 DownBeat Magazine Feature Interview - March 2015

DownBeat Magazine Feature Interview - March 2015

“carving out her own voice.” – Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine

“This is killer stuff that’s sure to resonate with the gypsy in your soul.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“A collection of nine original “spirit poems” scored and written by Daneman, existing as an intensely personal song cycle. Daneman addresses the fundamental healing power of love.” – C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

“A key theme to this program of nine original compositions is the notion that music can have a healing quality…the lyrics to “Think On Whatever Is Lovely” contain some phrases that would work well as a mantra to help someone get through a tough day.” – Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine

“Nearly 200 people donated to a Kickstarter campaign to get this album made, and to my ears they made a damned fine investment…Daneman has a clear purpose, and it’s not only to make lovely sounding music but also to incorporate a positive “healing” quality to it as well.” – Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast

“To each and every one of those contributors, “Thank You.” For Beauty Indestructible is a striking debut, full of strong, memorable, songs and performances…Some of the finest moments on Beauty Indestructible seem closer to the spirit of Laura Nyro – deeply personal and honest in their beauty.” – Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

“A stunning personal statement filled with strong melodies, lovely harmonies and the promise of redemption…a profound work of art that is so alive, so positive, and so blessedly musical.” – Richard Kamins, StepTempest

“Beautiful jazz art music from a gorgeous voice with superb accompaniment.” – Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music

 

SELECT PERFORMANCES

 Ashley Daneman Band performs at Western Michigan University's Dalton Center

Ashley Daneman Band performs at Western Michigan University's Dalton Center

  • Austin, TX – Hill House Concert Series, The Elephant Room, Saxon Pub
  • Banff, AB, Canada – The Banff Centre
  • Dallas, TX – Dallas Museum of Art
  • Detroit, MI – Jazz@37 North Concert Series, Canterbury House Concert Series
  • Grand Rapids, MI – St. Cecilia Music Center (Artprize), The BOB
  • Houston, TX – Cezanne Jazz Club
  • Kalamazoo, MI – Western Michigan University, The Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo Public Library
  • Minneapolis, MN – McNally Smith College of Music, Jazz Central
  • New York, NY – Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Zinc Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall
  • Toledo, OH – Degage Jazz Club
  • Washington, DC – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, HR-57, Twin’s Jazz, Lake Ann Jazz Festival
“Ashley is a truly gifted artist who’s songwriting has a unique personal blend of jazz and folk; something we’ve been missing for decades. Our audience was drawn into the beautiful sound and LOVED every moment; a performance not to be missed!”
— Donna Grubbs, Executive Director of the Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI

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