Denise La Grassa
Critically-acclaimed Chicagoland singer, songwriter and keyboardist Denise La Grassa released her first live CD “Rockin’ in the Castle Theater” in September 2019 to join her other jazz CDs, “April Dreams” and “The Blues Ain’t a Color,” the soundtrack to her one woman show of the same name. La Grassa’s sound is grounded in jazz, soul, R&B and pop, citing inspiration from Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan. In addition to her solo shows, she has performed with The Second City Touring Company, and has won three Emmy Awards for producing “Wild Chicago” and “ArtBeat Chicago,” as well as other nominations for WTTW and WILL TV work. As a music educator, she heads Lincoln College’s Contemporary Jazz Studies program.