BIOGRAPHY: DownBeat Magazine selected Ashley Daneman’s self-produced, fan-funded debut, Beauty Indestructible as Editors’ Pick (January 2015) and printed a full-page interview with her in their March edition. A huge response for a little-known singer releasing an independent album at age 37, but critics would agree it was worth the wait. “Daneman is an assured singer who has clearly found her sound,” says Peter Bacon (The Jazz Breakfast) and All About Jazz calls it, “the triumphant debut of a seriously talented singer and songwriter.”
Born and raised in Toledo, OH, Daneman performed in musicals and later studied Opera at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before finishing in Psychology and turning to study jazz on her own. In 2003, USA Today noted her as “a fine young jazz vocalist” and her unique voice as a composer earned her a spot in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead as a resident artist.
What followed then was a complicated series of personal events, leaving Daneman’s career on the back burner as she returned to a “desk job.” Several years later, renewed efforts to pursue her dream landed her at Manhattan School of Music studying under Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, and Theo Bleckman. Successfully completing her masters degree as a scholarship student, in 2010, Daneman was chosen again for her artistry into The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop as a resident artist.
A late career start and plenty of interesting life turns have caused Daneman to go deep with her blend of jazz and modern folk debuting “a publicly intimate recording that is frank and unapologetic. Beauty Indestructible is a collection of nine original “spirit poems” scored and written by Daneman, existing as an intensely personal song cycle. Daneman addresses the fundamental healing power of love” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz).
Drawing comparisons to Becca Stevens, Laura Nyro, and even Stephen Sondheim, Beauty Indestructible is summed up as “beautiful jazz art music from a gorgeous voice with superb accompaniment” (Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange) and as “a profound work of art that is so alive, so positive, and so blessedly musical” (Richard Kamins, Step Tempest). “Charming and enchanting with its offbeat/outside the lines sensibilities, [Beauty Indestructible] is killer stuff that’s sure to resonate with the gypsy in your soul” (Chris Spector, Midwest Record).
Ashley and her husband, trumpeter Benje Daneman, are based out of New York City.
- Austin, TX – Hill House Concert Series, The Elephant Room, Saxon Pub
- Banff, AB, Canada – The Banff Centre
- Dallas, TX – Dallas Museum of Art
- Detroit, MI – Jazz@37 North Concert Series, Canterbury House Concert Series
- Grand Rapids, MI – St. Cecilia Music Center (Artprize), The BOB
- Houston, TX – Cezanne Jazz Club
- Kalamazoo, MI – Western Michigan University, The Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo Public Library
- Minneapolis, MN – McNally Smith College of Music, Jazz Central
- New York, NY – Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Zinc Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall
- Toledo, OH – Degage Jazz Club
- Washington, DC – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, HR-57, Twin’s Jazz, Lake Ann Jazz Festival
“Ashley is a truly gifted artist who’s songwriting has a unique personal blend of jazz and folk; something we’ve been missing for decades. Our audience was drawn into the beautiful sound and LOVED every moment; a performance not to be missed!”
– Donna Grubbs, Executive Director of the Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI
Selections from Beauty Indestructible plus additional original material
Arrangements of Jazz Standards – incl. Come Rain or Come Shine (Harold Arlen), The Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichael)