” Vocalist Deanne Matley has it all: unerring pitch, great time, beautiful phrasing, and most importantly, the ability to get inside a lyric and deliver a compelling story. She’s a world class artist destined for great things. ” – Larry Koonse
Deanne Matley is in possession of a clear, pure and extremely appealing voice, her greatest gift. What separates her from the pack is her continual search to learn and discover, to stretch her own boundaries and to grow. It’s a marvel to witness this endlessly curious singer, who is not content to rest on her considerable laurels, preferring instead the excitement of new challenges and intriguing opportunities.
Deanne is well-versed in many musical contexts, whether fronting a big band, giving her all at the helm of her jazz quartet, or performing R&B, pop, and musical theatre. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Vocalist Deanne Matley is the featured singer for that city’s acclaimed Prime Time Big Band.
Career highlights include representing the National Jazz Summit in a concert at the 100th Calgary Stampede; performing at Mongolia’s Giant Steppes of Jazz festival; the Calgary and Sylvan Lake jazz festivals, the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival with Guido Basso; duetting with Tommy Banks, and Al Kay; and being featured live on CBC Radio’s “The Homestretch”.
In 2014, Vocalist Deanne Matley collaborated with acclaimed Los Angeles jazz guitarist and educator Larry Koonse, resulting in their debut album, Can’t Help Falling, released that summer. Her previous recording, Stealin’ Blue, recorded live, enjoyed top ten jazz play nationwide in her native Canada. This was was followed by an EP with her Quartet, Chillin’ and Fillin’, which placed in the top 10 jazz albums on CJSW Radio and brought new fans worldwide. In December 2013, Deanne released Get In The Mood, a Christmas album that quickly charted top 25 on CJSW Radio.
Her solid musical education includes studies at the Banff Centre for The Arts, the Berklee College of Music, and private studies in New York. The Richard Cowie Memorial Scholarship enabled Deanne to attend California’s Stanford Jazz Institute in 2013.
A strong believer that personal success is coupled with encouraging the success of others, Deanne spearheaded performing opportunities at several Calgary venues, helped create “Calgary Women In Jazz”, and initiated a grant endowed by the Calgary Arts Academy to help students pursue careers in music.
Art type: Live Music
Genre: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Singer/Songwriter
Home base: Calgary
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