Denise Jannah


Denise Jannah was born in Suriname, South America. With her family she moved to Holland in the mid seventies. For four and half years she studied Law at the University of Utrecht, but her love for music made her change her course: she enrolled into the Conservatory in Hilversum and completed her studies there, also earning her degree as a vocal educator. In 1989 she won third prize at the Internationales Liederfestival Menschen und Meer in Rostock, former D.D.R. In that year she also was offered an important part in the musical A Night at the Cotton Club in which she starred in 347 performances in Holland, Germany and Belgium. In 1997 Jannah was offered one of the leading parts in Joe, The Musical. In 1998 Denise Jannah and Marjorie Barnes were the leading ladies in Fats Waller’s musical show Ain’t Misbehavin’ (European Tour).

She released several albums, of which three of them on Blue Note Records. Denise Jannah performed seven times at the North Sea Jazz Festival and toured the world from New York to Johannesberg to Japan and back. Up till now she has won two Edison Awards, the Golden Orpheus (Bulgaria) and the Bata Anastasievic Festival Award (Serbia).

This year 2010 started with a interesting tour visiting the Dutch theaters together with the renowned Rosenberg Trio and special guests like US vocalist Dennis Legree: blending Gypsy Swing, Soul and Gospel in the Rosenberg Soul Show! February 13, 2011 a Denise Jannah documentary was broadcasted at Dutch national television. This was filmed at The Bakers Keyboard Lounge in Detroit (US). May 29, 2011 Denise received the Meer Jazz Award of the Meer Jazz Festival in The Netherlands. April 2012 Blue Note Records released a 3cd Denise Jannah titled: Best Of The Blue Note Years. January 2013 she released the album Live in Johannesburg a duo album with guitar player Wolf Martini.