“You have a beautiful instrument.”
– American trumpet master Marvin Stamm
“This girl is a pro!”
Legendary U.S. jazz pianist Harold Mabern
“Deanne Matley has it all ….. unerring pitch, great time, beautiful phrasing, and perhaps most importantly, an ability to wrap herself inside a lyric and deliver a compelling story. She is a world class artist that is destined for great things. ”
Los Angeles jazz guitarist and educator Larry Koonse
“Now, that is some wonderful singing!”
Canadian jazz icon, the pianist/composer Tommy Banks
“Isn’t it nice to have a singer who can sing in key!”
Al Kay – Canadian Trombone superstar
“Deanne Matley has it all: unerring pitch, great time, beautiful phrasing, and most importantly, the ability to get inside a lyric and deliver a compelling story. She’s a world class artist destined for great things. ” – Larry Koonse
“Deanne is a captivating and imaginative vocalist. She is rooted in the standard tradition, yet is unafraid to push the music forward.” – Jim Doxas
Vocalist Deanne Matley is in possession of a clear, pure and extremely appealing voice, her greatest gift. What separates her from the pack is her continual search to learn and discover, to stretch her own boundaries and to grow. It’s a marvel to witness this endlessly curious singer, not content to simply rest on her considerable laurels.
Deanne is well-versed in many musical contexts, whether fronting a big band, giving her all at the helm of her jazz quartet, or performing R&B, pop, and musical theatre. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Vocalist Deanne Matley is the featured singer for that city’s acclaimed Prime Time Big Band.
Career highlights include representing the National Jazz Summit in a concert at the 100th Calgary Stampede; performing at Mongolia’s Giant Steppes of Jazz festival; the Calgary and Sylvan Lake jazz festivals, the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival with Guido Basso; duetting with Tommy Banks, and Al Kay; and being featured live on CBC Radio’s “The Homestretch”.
In 2014, Vocalist Deanne Matley collaborated with acclaimed Los Angeles jazz guitarist and educator Larry Koonse, resulting in their debut album, Can’t Help Falling, released that summer. Her previous recording, Stealin’ Blue, recorded live, enjoyed top ten jazz play nationwide in her native Canada. This was was followed by an EP with her Quartet, Chillin’ and Fillin’, which placed in the top 10 jazz albums on CJSW Radio and brought new fans worldwide. In December 2013, Deanne released Get In The Mood, a Christmas album that quickly charted top 25 on CJSW Radio.
Deanne’s solid musical education includes studies at the Banff Centre for The Arts, the Berklee College of Music, and private studies in New York. The Richard Cowie Memorial Scholarship enabled Deanne to attend California’s Stanford Jazz Institute in 2013.
A strong believer that personal success is coupled with encouraging the success of others, Deanne spearheaded performing opportunities at several Calgary venues, helped create “Calgary Women In Jazz”, and initiated a grant endowed by the Calgary Arts Academy to help students pursue careers in music. She also is the founder of The Listening Room YYC, which supports local artists to perform in a intimate listening environment
Deanne’s forthcoming album, Because I Loved, to be released in Montreal in April in 2018 and in Calgary May 5, 2018, will be followed by extensive touring both in Canada and internationally. The album was recorded in the summer of 2017 and is now in post-production. It features some of Montreal’s top players, including bassist Adrian Vedady and pianist Paul Shrofel, in addition to drummer Jim Doxas, who also produced. “This is the album I have dreamt of making for several years,” adds the singer. “The musicians assembled, the arrangements, the atmosphere in the studio, everything worked so beautifully.” Canadian jazz royalty, singer Ranee Lee, who guests for a memorable duet, gives the younger singer her unhesitating stamp of approval, adding, “Deanne is what the world is waiting for.”