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Jazz singer's free recital explores the Great American Songbook

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By Mary Kunz Goldman

Come Sunday, that's the time that Villa Maria College Music Department is spotlighting a new jazz voice. Danielle Green, a fourth-year student in the jazz department, is giving her senior recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Ms. Green, pictured above, will be singing songs by such giants of the Great American Songbook as Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser and George Gershwin.

She will also be putting her own spin on John Coltrane's arrangement of "My Favorite Things" and Esperanza Spalding's version of "Body and Soul," in Spanish.

Ms. Green will be joined by friends and fellow students including Eric D-DeJesus on guitar; Brian C-DeJesus on bass; Ralph DeMarco on saxophone; Damone Jackson on drums; tenor Anthony Re and pianist Danielle Webster. Accompanying her on piano is Michael McNeill, the head of the Villa Maria Jazz Program.

Danielle Green is a graduate of Hutch Tech and studied at the Community Music School. Currently, she is a student of the well-known singer Adrienne Tworek-Gryta. As the first vocal jazz major to present a solo recital, she shows how Villa Maria's jazz program is growing. After graduation, she plans a career in music therapy in Atlanta, Ga.

The recital takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Villa Maria College Recital Hall, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga. Admission and parking are free.


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