After describing her brilliant voice as a perfect mix of "Ella, Sassy, Lady Day, Nancy, Dianne, and Carmen, to name a few" it came only naturally that legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry would, at New York's historic Flushing Town Hall, select Denise Thimes as that night's guest vocalist. Even sharing the stage with such jazz greats as Dr. Billy Taylor, Earl May, Benny Powell, Jimmy Heath and Tootie Heath couldn't hinder the rising star, who dazzled the audience once more, bringing them to their feet for yet another series of standing ovations.
Throughout 2006, Thimes astounded audiences all over the world with some of the most prominent names in jazz including Clark Terry, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany and several other NEA Jazzmasters. This Flushing Hall high note in November came as the perfect finale to what was clearly an admirable year for Denise, and yet, she was just getting started. For Thimes, 2006 served as but a glimpse of what was to come.
This truly inspirational and unique artist is often asked by fellow noteworthy musicians "why haven't we heard of you?" Not to worry. With a voice that noticeably (as Terry puts it) "ranks with one of the greats," it won't be long. It's clear that Denise Thimes is unquestionably one of the fastest rising stars in modern jazz. So much, in fact, that when Queen Elizabeth II made her highly publicized visit to the United States in May of 2007, she hand-selected Denise as the entertainment for her private dinner gala with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush among many other esteemed guests.
“Denise Thimes sings with such tenderness and honesty, she has every audience in the palm of her hands. She is one of the best singers in St. Louis and America.”
“Fabulous” Ross Gentile WSIE 88.7 FM, Edwardsville, IL
“Denise’s performances reflect a distinct style that delights audiences with a mixture of smooth, mellow tones and rich ‘bluesy‐ness’; her scat takes audiences where jazz legends play.”
Exodus to Jazz Rochester, NY