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MORE ABOUT DANIELLE...
While Danielle keeps pretty busy performing and recording jingles, publisher demos and other projects in the studio, her 'day gig' is as a public school teacher who has enjoyed many honors, including being a Newsweek WDIV Teacher of the Year. Danielle has a Masters in Music, and a wide array of musical experiences to match her stylistic versatility. Having worked in numerous rock bands, corporate bands, big bands, jazz ensembles and theatrical productions in all styles, Danielle Blanchard was a full time performer for many years. She currently continues studio work, and has been having fun working with her longtime keyboard and guitar players on a pile of originals they each contribute to. Notable career performances with numerous choral or vocal jazz greats include Ward Swingle, John Rutter, Norman Luboff, and more.
Although she was raised and lives in the metropolitan Detroit area, Danielle calls Chicago her second home, having lived there while working on her masters. One of her favorite things to do on break from her studies was to sit in with Chicago piano icon, Buddy Charles, at the Drake Hotel, a relationship that continued to give her great joy during every visit to Chicago. She was sitting in with Buddy when she met Erwin 'Dutch' Wenzlaff. The fact that he was a producer with Mercury Records made for some great conversations. Dutch's knowledge of all the music spots in Chicago made him the perfect guide. Along the way, Danielle discovered that Dutch was also an artist and composer. Dutch included Danielle in one of his painted murals of Chicago jazz musicians that was on display in 2 restaurant clubs. He also shared several songs with her, "Foggy Night" ending up on the JAZZ PORTRAIT CD!