Denise Donatelli & Paulette McWilliams: Vocal Mania Series

Charles Carlini presents:

Denise Donatelli & Paulette McWilliams: Vocal Mania Series

featuring Kenny Washington

Fri · June 29, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Tickets starting from $25

Off Sale

The full dinner menu is available for purchase as soon as doors open. Your ticket purchase is the only reservation you need. A minimum of two items ($20.00) is required per person. $10 ticket INCREASE on day of show. Valet parking available with validation for $6. There is metered street parking as well but be sure to read the signs. Parking is NOT permitted on Woodbridge St. after 9pm nightly.

Vocal Mania
Acclaimed vocalists Denise Donatelli and Paulette McWilliams curate a special jazz vocal-centric evening with a little help from their friends. They're supported by pianist Mitch Forman, guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Trevor Ware and drummer Roy McCurdy.
Denise Donatelli
Denise Donatelli
“Donatelli makes it sound so natural to hit the dead center of each note, you can almost forget how rarely it occurs in the rest of the world. Her intonation combines accuracy with ease in a way most singers can only imagine.” … Neil Tesser, GRAMMY® winning Jazz Journalist.

Denise Donatelli is a multi GRAMMY® nominated jazz vocalist alternating between jazz and adult contemporary music. As a Savant Recording artist, Donatelli’s last three recordings Find a Heart (2015), Soul Shadows (2012) and When Lights are Low (2010) have collectively received four GRAMMY® nominations: Three nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and one nomination in the Best Arrangement category. Previously, she recorded two albums, What Lies Within (2008), her first Savant Records release, and In the Company of Friends (2005) for Jazzed Media Records.

In addition to her four GRAMMY® nominations, The Los Angeles Jazz Society, whose voting advisors include Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Johnny Mandel, has honored Denise with the 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award. Denise has also been elected to the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll Female Vocalist Rising Stars for the past four consecutive years.
Paulette McWilliams
Paulette McWilliams
Paulette McWilliams is best known for her deep, sultry, and velvety tones, as well as her wide vocal range. She has a range that Luther totally utilized from singing with the males on the bottom to singing with sopranos on top!

Hers is one of the iconic voices behind Michael Jackson on “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” — Michael’s biggest hit; Aretha Franklin’s No.1 hit “Jump To It,” Billy Idol’s No. 1 hit “Mony Mony,” Luther Vandross’s “Stop To Love,” “Wait For Love,” and “Bad Boy/Having A Party,” among many others. She has a beautifully long and extensive music history.

She also toured and sang live with Luther Vandross and performed all of the Tammi Terrell duets with Marvin Gaye on his last tour. She has worked with some of the best artists, performers and producers in the business, such as Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, Billy Idol, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Lauryn Hill, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Patty LaBelle, Deborah Cox, Michael Jackson, Teri Lynne Carrington. She also recorded duets with Johnny Mathis, Michael Buble, and many others.

Paulette became the lead singer with Ask Rufus and was solely responsible for introducing the group to a friend of hers, Chaka Khan. For a period of time, Paulette and Chaka shared the lead in Ask Rufus and when Paulette left, Chaka took over.

Moving from gig to gig, Paulette worked feverishly and then, thanks to a recording produced by Donny Hathaway and Phil Upchurch, she was “introduced” to Quincy Jones. Upchurch, the world-famous jazz guitarist, sent a studio recording to Quincy. Shortly thereafter, Paulette became solo/lead singer with Quincy during his “Body Heat” tour and he featured her on his Mellow Madness album – the title song co-written by Paulette. Next, they toured Japan where one of Paulette’s dreams came true: singing a duet live with the legendary Sarah Vaughan while Quincy conducted the orchestra.

Paulette has performed at jazz festivals /clubs in London, Japan, Monterey, Trinidad, Milan, Moscow and Bern, Switzerland, including Ronnie Scotts in London and the Blue Note in Mila!These shows were topped recently when she performed at the International Jazz Festival in The Netherlands and Thailand, and recorded a “Live” CD with the fabulous Beets Brothers in Europe!
featuring Kenny Washington
featuring Kenny Washington
"The thing is, Washington slays 'em wherever he performs. Standing not quite five-foot-two, he's an oversize talent who can scat with the harmonic daring and rhythmic command of a bebop saxophonist, croon with the simmering soul of Donny Hathaway, and interpret standards with such intelligence and emotional commitment it's like Rodgers and Hart wrote "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" with him in mind." -- Andrew Gilbert,

Recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Ravi Coltrane has declared Kenny his favorite male vocalist, and Mark Murphy said in a Jazz Times interview that Kenny was the only contemporary male vocalist carrying on the tradition.
Venue Information:
Upstairs At Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA, 91604