Park Forest native Daneille at Freedom Hall
November 16, 2011 3:20PM
Marcya Daneille will perform Nov. 19 at Freedom Hall in Park Forest. | Janis Wilkins photo
Updated: May 9, 2012 10:00AM
Jazz vocalist and Park Forest native Marcya Daneille will perform Nov. 19 at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest.
Saxophonist Chris Greene will be the featured guest, and she will be accompanied by a quintet of the finest jazz artists from America.
Daneille’s melodious voice has been described as “the perfect blend of Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan with a dash of Billie Holiday.”
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Daneille (nee McReynolds) has dedicated most of her life to pursuing the dream of becoming a professional singer.
Classically trained in both piano and voice, Daneille has created a niche for herself as a versatile vocalist with an inspiring musical sensibility and impressive technical skill.
She can swing a jazz standard, deliver a heartfelt rendition of a spiritual and may even toss in an aria or art song for fun.
Daneille was raised in Park Forest and was inducted in 2010 into the Rich East High School Hall of Honors.
Her earliest public music experiences were as a student in Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 and then later at Rich East in Park Forest, where she received her first professional singing opportunities.
After high school, Daneille continued her vocal training in college.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including young artist of the year with the Lakeview Music Society and young artist of the year with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee.
Daneille received an honorable mention from the National Association of Teachers of Singing and had a young artist slot at the International Art Song Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Upon graduating from college she continued to sing professionally as a member of Chicago’s Lincoln Opera, but eventually left the area to attend the University of Iowa on a full graduate fellowship.
At the University of Iowa, Daneille completed graduate work in voice performance, focusing primarily on the roles of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini heroines.
After relocating to the East Coast — with the encouragement and support of Burt Eckoff, a former accompanist of Dakota Staton, Daneille expanded her vocal work to include jazz.
She maintains an active schedule as a soloist and session singer in jazz, smooth jazz and dance music.
Daneille has recorded or performed with various local and international jazz artists including trombonists Wycliffe Gordon (Wynton Marsalis Septet), pianist Eckoff (Dakota Staton; Eddie Jefferson) and bassists Lisle Atkinson (Nina Simone) and Michael Max Fleming (Gloria Lynne).
An established voice coach, Daneille has clientele including local, regional and international talent.
Dance music produced and sung by Daneille has been released in Europe on independent labels.
In addition to her monthly shows at Caffe Cielo, located in the theater district of New York’s Manhattan borough, she has performed at many well-known New York venues.
These include Rose Theater (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Alice Tully Hall, SOB’s, Sugar Bar, Crash Mansion and 5C.
Her debut CD, “Keeping it Simple,” was released on Gordon’s Bluesback Records in fall 2010.
Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene was born in Evanston.
He began playing saxophone at age 10 and eventually spent his formative years in the award-winning Evanston High School wind and jazz ensembles.
Around this same time, he began to play professionally with many local pop-rock and jazz bands.
Greene eventually went to Bloomington, Ind., to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jazz Studies program, and studied with renowned professor and cellist David Baker.
Greene quickly made his mark within the ranks of the music departments. He rapidly developed his individual style and became lead alto saxophone in the IU concert and lab jazz bands.
He left the Indiana college town in 1994 and returned to Chicago.
Greene immersed himself in the regional music scene and has since collaborated with some of the nation’s most creative and versatile musicians.
In the Chicago area alone, he can be seen with many different groups in many different genres. He also leads his own critically acclaimed group, the Chris Greene Quartet.
He also has performed or recorded with the following artists: Common, the Temptations, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird, Typhanie Monique, Zach Brock, Chris Rob, Vic Lavender, Jesse De La Pena, Liquid Soul and the Mighty Blue Kings.
Greene has performed at the following venues: the House of Blues, Park West, Chicago’s Metro, Double Door, Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Pops for Champagne, Andy’s, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, the Rock Island Brewing Co., and Elbo Room.
Tickets for this concert are $28 and can be purchased at Freedom Hall. Series package discounts are available.
Information: (708) 747-0580, freedomhall.org.