Denise Thimes is a St. Louis native, Jazz Vocalist and Recording Artist. Over the course of a multi-faceted career spanning just a little under three decades, Denise has performed with such jazz notables as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Earl May, Benny Powell, and James Moody. She has also graced the stage with the likes of Houston Person, Jimmy & Tootie Heath, Bobby McFerrin, and Bucky Pizzarelli. In recent years Denise has appeared and toured Paris with David Sanborn, sung for the Queen of Thailand, Queen Elizabeth II at the British Embassy-Washington D.C., President George W. Bush at the White House, and was hand-picked by Aretha Franklin to perform for her 72nd birthday celebration. Most say that her acting is just as great as her singing. Denise has received eight Woodie Awards (named after Freedom Theatre Founder Woody King) for her roles as lead and supporting for acting, and musical performances. When Denise is not performing, she wears another hat and is equally passionate as Founder & Executive Director of the Mildred Thimes Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. www.denisethimes.com
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