Jazz vocalist Danielle Reich doesn’t consider herself in an exclusive relationship with the genre – she starts with a foundation of jazz standards, then draws freely from an eclectic array of French chanson, 1970s pop, and bossa nova. Fans enjoy her pure vocal presence and straight-from-the-heart interpretation, and fellow performers enjoy her intensely musical instincts. Danielle’s performing passions led her from Florida to Houston, and finally to Austin, Texas, crossing genres from classical to jazz to avant-garde to gypsy jazz and jazz-infused pop. Beginning her career with opera studies at Stetson University and the University of Florida, Danielle moved to Houston to perform with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus and began jazz studies with pianist and composer Joe LoCascio. Her passion for interpreting song led Danielle to begin performing her favorite jazz standards in restaurants and clubs around Houston. She founded the weekly Biscuit Jazz Jam in 2007 with guitarist Erin Fisher Wright and bassist Thomas Helton. The Biscuit Jazz Jam, in combination with weekly appearances by the Danielle Reich Trio, led to the King Biscuit Patio Cafe receiving the 2010 Houston Press Award for Best Jazz Club in Houston. From opera to jazz to the avant-garde, Danielle continued crossing genres, premiering new works by Julliard-trained trumpeter and composer Carol Morgan and pianist Joe Locascio. She was featured in Houston and New York venues with avant-garde composer and bassist Thomas Helton, a Houston Arts Alliance grant recipient, as well as performing experimental works for musicians and dancers with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble.
During her time in Houston, Danielle continued developing her jazz repertoire, and was invited to perform for the oldest club in Texas, The Galveston Artillery Club, the Da Camera Society of Houston, the Society for the Performing Arts, and the French Consulate. She released her first studio recording project, “This Year’s Kisses,” in 2011, recorded at the historic Sugar Hill Studios and produced by NYC trumpeter and composer Carol Morgan. In 2011, Danielle moved to Austin, Texas, where she continues to develop her organic interpretive style, expand her repertoire, and engage in projects that blur musical boundaries. Currently performing a truly daunting array of American and European jazz favorites in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Danielle is also creating jazz interpretations of an eclectic mix of songs from the pop genre, including 70s and 80s folk, pop, and country. She performs with her own jazz trio featuring some of Austin and Houston’s finest jazz musicians, as well as Austin-based gypsy swing band Hot Club Soda.