Danielle Wertz, Dillon Vado, and Jeff Denson come together for the first time in this new trio setting. Presenting both arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions, their approach to the music comes from a place of honesty and raw emotion. Using this unconventional instrumentation, they work with new sonic possibilities to evoke deep emotions from the listener.
Danielle Wertz – vocals, pedals Dillon Vado – vibraphone Jeff Denson – bass
About the Artists
Danielle Wertz is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator. After being named a semi-finalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, she self-released a duo project, Intertwined. The album was recorded at ABC Studios in Sydney, Australia, and has been receiving high praise since its 2017 release. Wertz is quickly gaining recognition as one of the Bay Area’s most in-demand vocalists. She frequently plays at local venues, as well as larger-scale national venues including Blues Alley in Washington, DC.
Dillon Vado is a professional drummer, vibraphonist, and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a recent graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory. He has performed locally with Art Lande, Hafez Modirzadeh, Marcus Shelby, Erik Jekabson, Jeff Denson, Alan Hall, Sandy Cressman, and Marcos Silva. Vado regularly performs on vibraphone with Alan Hall’s Ratatet, on drums with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and the Jeff Denson Quartet, and leads several of his own projects, including the Table Trio, Never Weather, and Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry.
Jeff Denson has balanced a full career as both an acclaimed performing musician and a highly respected educator. Currently leading or co-leading four distinct ensembles, he has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with both his own groups, worked with some of jazz’s finest artists—such as Brian Blade, Jane Ira Bloom, Dave Douglas, Charles McPherson, Cuong Vu, Joe Lovano, Ralph Alessi, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Vadim Neselovskyi, Florian Weber, Dan Weiss, and Paul Hanson—and had an ongoing relationship with the legendary Lee Konitz since 2007. Denson’s most recent album, Outside My Window, is a feature for his “elastic vocals” (Jazz Times Magazine), where he has composed four original pieces and arranged four pieces by inspiring vocalists in an array of genres: Jeff Buckley, Peter Gabriel, Chris Cornell, and Abbey Lincoln. He is currently a full professor and head of the Bass Department at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When should I arrive?Doors open 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time. For example, if the show is scheduled to start at 7:30pm, the doors will open at 7:00pm. If the show is scheduled to start at 8:00pm, the doors will open at 7:30pm, and so on.
TICKETING & ADMISSION
If an event is sold out online, could I still purchase tickets?Unless otherwise noted, a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Guests may buy tickets 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time when doors open. Please note that the quantity available may vary depending on capacity and online sales.
Does purchasing an advance ticket guarantee seating?Purchasing an advance ticket guarantees admission, but does not guarantee seats. Seating is first come, first served.
Does the Poppy accept debit or credit cards?Yes, we accept all major credit cards for ticket sales, concessions, and donations.
What's the refund policy?Refunds are only available in the event of a cancelled performance.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Is there a discount for children?No, this event is all ages. However, refreshments will be served at the concessions counter. Children 10 and under receive free general admission.
Where are my tickets?Your tickets will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment from Eventbrite on behalf of the Red Poppy, or you may access them in the Eventbrite app. If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder. Enter your email address here if you can’t find them, you’re having trouble printing, or if you’re not sure if you have an Eventbrite account. For all other technical issues, you can find help here.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?You may bring your printed ticket or show your ticket on your phone. There will be no tickets available for pick up at Will Call.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?Yes, you’re welcome to purchase tickets for someone else.
VENUE & LOCATION
Is the space ADA accessible?Yes, there is a ramp at our 23rd St entrance.
What kind of seating do you have available?For most of our events we have folding chairs and a few couches available.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?Street parking is available but can be limited around the Red Poppy. We encourage you to take public transportation whenever possible. Several MUNI lines run close to the Red Poppy, and the 24th St. Mission BART station is just under half a mile away.
What can I bring into the event?Guests are welcome to bring food. Beverages are available by suggested donation. We recommend bringing collapsible strollers, if possible.
How can I donate to the Poppy?You may bring cash, check, debit or credit card, or donate online at http://redpoppyarthouse.org/participate/give/.
Where can I grab a bite to eat?Nearby places include El Farolito, Taqueria Vallarta, Basa Seafood Express (sushi), and Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine. For more options, click here.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?You can reach us at [email protected]
or give us a call at (650) 713-5383.