Danielle Wertz


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Oakland-based vocalist, Danielle Wertz, has rapidly gained national acclaim since being named a semi-finalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Weaving elements of straight-ahead, modern jazz and folk, Danielle’s artistry has been described as, "untarnished by the politics of music" (Jazz Music Archives) and "at home alongside more contemporary exponents of improvised singing" (LoudMouth, AU).

In 2017 Danielle independently released her debut album, Intertwined. This collaboration with Israeli pianist, Tal Cohen, was recorded at ABC Studios in Sydney, Australia, and features renowned tenor saxophonist, Jamie Oehlers. Intertwined ranked #4 on Capital Bop's list of "Best DC Jazz Albums of 2017" and has continued to receive high praise since its release.

After relocating to California in 2017, Danielle quickly gained recognition as one of the Bay Area’s most in-demand jazz vocalists. Pre-Covid19, Danielle regularly performed at several venues in the SF Bay Area including Piedmont Piano Company, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, the Black Cat and Café Stritch. She made her SFJAZZ debut with the Nora Stanley Quintet in February 2020. Danielle was invited to join The Recording Academy as a GRAMMY® voting member in 2020, and she is thrilled to be releasing her forthcoming album in 2022. 

Being a DC-area native, Danielle has both headlined and supported local musicians at Blues Alley, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Mr. Henry’s, Twins Jazz, Sotto, The DC Jazz Festival, The Mansion at Strathmore, HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues, The Carlyle Club, The Creative Cauldron and Bethesda Blues and Jazz. In 2017 she released her debut album to a sold-out room at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, co-led a concert with Lena Seikaly celebrating women in jazz at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with the “Harlem Heroes” exhibit, and was featured on a historical Smithsonian concert performing “Rare and Never Recorded Works of Tadd Dameron.” The music from this concert was later featured on an album released by Summit Records in 2019.

Danielle has performed in several established national and international venues including The Arsht Center (FL), The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club (CO), The Jazz Station (OR), and the St. Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Hall (Russia). She has also had the privilege of performing with many renowned musicians in a professional, non-academic setting including Kate McGarry, Cyrille Aimée, Jeff Denson, Keith Ganz, Shelly Berg, Chris Botti, Michael Bowie, Mark G. Meadows and Chris Grasso.

Danielle has had the privilege of teaching in several different capacities over the past decade: Jazz Choir Director, Workshop/Masterclass Instructor, Musical Director and Private Voice Instructor. Danielle currently teaches community singing classes, workshops and masterclasses for the Berkeley Jazzschool, and private voice lessons from her studio in Oakland. In August 2020 she completed Levels I, II and III of Somatic Voicework™ training (The LoVetri Method) and is thrilled to teach using the principles of Somatic Voicework™.

For more information about Danielle, please visit: www.daniellewertz.com