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Deanna Reuben


National Association of Teachers of Singing Inc

Long Standing Member

Alvernia College

Board of Trustees

The Voice Foundation


The Recording Academy


American Choral Directors Association


Reading Music Teachers Association


Music Teachers National Association Inc



Bachelor of Arts


Alvernia College

college degree

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Deanna Reuben | Jazz Vocalist | Bio

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Deanna Reuben Deanna Reuben, concert vocalist and recording artist, has become one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook working today. To date, she has recorded four albums, the latest being a lively jazz holiday recording entitled "Christmas is Here," released in 2013. A member of The Recording Academy, Deanna was the sole producer of this album, which also features some of Philadelphia's finest jazz musicians to compliment her impeccable vocals. In 2012, Deanna released her third album, "The Very Thought of You. Inspired by the artistry of Chris Botti, this album features some lush lines as her voice weaves gently with flugelhorn and tenor sax. Deanna Reuben fell in love with music at the age of seven, when she began taking piano lessons. Reuben, who was named after vocalist and Judy Garland contemporary Deanna Durbin, found singing at the age of fourteen, and never had a second thought about what she wanted to do with her life. Her career as a singer has run the gamut from Broadway to madrigals to opera, but Reuben's versatility has been a key to her success. Aside from her vocal talents, Reuben is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, voice teacher, and choral director. Her young life, growing up in Berks County, Pennsylvania, was not always easy, as she was raised mostly by a single working mother and grandmother. They struggled to make ends meet, and pay for voice and piano lessons. She still has fond memories of her Wurlitzer spinet piano where she and her grandmother would spend lots of time playing and singing hymns together. Her music was what brought her joy, when everything else in life was turned upside down. Deanna was singing all throughout high school, winning competitions and garnering solo spots. Marrying quite young, by today's standards, Deanna was blessed with two beautiful daughters. When the girls were toddlers, she decided to finish her college degree, graduating from Alvernia College, now Alvernia University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. A long-time fan of the great American songbook, Reuben began to find this new voice amongst ballads from the golden era of Broadway and from such composers of Harold Arlen, Arthur Schwartz, Frank Loesser and Michel Legrand. Deanna doesn't so much sing to a crowd as engage in a musical dialogue, with a voice that's been compared to Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall and Astrud Gilberto. Deanna also maintains a voice and piano studio in Berks County, PA. A long standing member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she is currently developing a vocal course for seniors, designed to teach healthy vocal techniques to keep them singing into their 60's and beyond. Deanna derives great joy from producing and performing benefit concerts for non-profit organizations. She has raised upwards of $16,000 in a single concert, and knows what it takes to produce a successful event. Giving back to her community isn't something new for her, and she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Alvernia University, and the Board of the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Reuben has shown an ability to combine the lyricism of Puccini with the panache of a stage performer and a personality and vulnerability that are innate, creating a near-perfect musical conduit for personal connections with her audience. She has a tremendous sense of style and vocal talent, and the ability to interpret and convey songs with an authenticity and heart that is real. She also has an incredibly lyric voice and a warmth of tone that combine to create an earthy beauty that is compelling. It is that sense of personal veracity, however, that touches an audience, whether from the stage or through a set of speakers. Deanna Reuben may not be a household name. Yet. © 2017 Deanna Reuben. All Rights Reserved. Powered by HostBaby.

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With material as tried, true and in some cases worn smooth as Deanna Reuben tackles on Christmas Is Here, the focus quickly shifts to her own approach - and Reuben, a former classical and opera singer, delivers the goods. Christmas Is Here features a slate of expected Yuletide chestnuts, from "Silent Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to "Silver Bells" and "The Christmas Song. The revelations, however, come early and often - beginning with Reuben's joy-filled, yet delectably measured delivery. Reuben, whose classical career was cut short by a vocal injury, moves with a witty grace through the proceedings, ramping up for a bold finish. "A Christmas Love Song," the Johnny Mandel favorite, finds Colombo's guitar moving to the fore - and his ruminative lines only add to the smoky intrigue of Reuben's loving take on the lyric. Glenn Barratt - the engineer and mixer on this date - then adds a cheeky background vocal as Reuben appropriates Eartha Kitt's devilish whisper on "Santa Baby." McKenna's brawny intro to "Silver Bells" is then the latest signal that Reuben isn't about to settle for the rote route. McKenna's retorts on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and a wonderfully flirtatious version of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" give both songs a deeper emotional resonance - and Reuben matches him stride for stride. Long's crystalline intro to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," shimmering and direct, then sets the stage for one of Reuben's most controlled performances. There's plenty of room for the treacly here, and she walks that fine line like a circus acrobat. Not everything connects. Barry Ciabattoni joins Reuben in a game, but ultimately too safe, update of the Ray Charles-Betty Carter favorite "Baby, It's Cold Outside. Artist: Deanna Reuben Deanna Reuben's early background found her enjoying Broadway show albums, taking piano and voice lessons, and singing in high school musicals. She was classically trained and after college became a choral director who performed with local opera companies. The highpoint of her early career was performing regularly with the 16-voice chamber ensemble The Washington Singers and singing as a soloist at Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Damage caused by neck surgery in 2003 forced her to end her classical career and switch to singing jazz and standards. Her career change has been successful and Christmas Is Here is her fourth CD as a leader. Although there are times in some of her longer high notes when one can guess that she might have once sung opera (she has perfect control over her voice), throughout Christmas Is Here Deanna Reuben shows that she can swing, improvise with subtlety (mostly in her phrasing) and sound quite comfortable in a jazz setting. Her voice is lovely in all of its registers and one can easily understand all of the words that she sings. On "A Christmas Love Song," Deanna Reuben shows off her range, hitting some beautiful high notes. Always taken as a humorous duet vocal, "Baby It's Cold Outside" has Deanna Reuben sharing the stage with Barry Ciabattoni. The music is delightful and Deanna Reuben does justice to these beloved songs. Christmas is Here (Deanna Reuben - No Catalog Number) is a straight ahead recording from vocalist Deanna Reuben. With fine arrangements provided by pianist Jason Long, Reuben assays a collection of popular Christmas songs with help from Long on piano, Paul Colombo on guitar; Steve Varner on bass, and Dan Monaghan or Byron Landham on drums. Reuben has a nice easy-on-the-ears voice that lends warmth and understanding to the lyrics, and she swings too. Deanna is delicate when she should be and forceful when it matters most - fresh as a singing daisey. Ms. Reuben dazzles here and is wildly on key throughout. Deanna never lets us in a deep ingrossing beautiful cry for a romantic past most personal. It's emotionally draining. The Very Thought of You by Deanna Reuben is one of the better ones that I have heard recently. Reuben has a smooth an pleasant sound, straight ahead with a nice jazz feeling underneath. To close the program, Reuben sings "Cinema Paradiso" in Italian, accompanied only by the guitar of Colombo and the violin of Lee, and it is an interesting and daring, but effective way to close things out. Deanna Reuben / The Very Thought of You: A classically trained singer that found her feet under her in jazz, Reuben knows how to work a classic and deliver a solid performance. Deanna Reuben has been a presence in the eastern Pennsylvania and mid-Atlantic states for over thirty years. Yet, The Look of Love is her first recording. Better late than never. Now, the listeners who have been enjoying Reuben's music all of these years can take the music home with them, so to speak. In addition, The Look of Love provides exposure for Reuben beyond her loyal cadre of listeners. In fact, anyone who enjoys romantic coverage of standards would enjoy her CD. Reuben started her career with opera, theater, and choral directing. And she has opened for such acts as Yo Yo Ma, Marvin Hamlisch and Itzhak Perlman. Yet, she chose jazz standards and ballad form for her first album due to their ability to allow her to express her emotions... and her appreciation to the people who have encouraged her. With exacting articulation and pitch, Reuben covers songs that allow her to become involved in the meaning of the lyrics. She takes "How Do You Keep the Music Playing? as one listens, it becomes evident that McKenna doesn't merely insert instrumental commentary during the rests, but rather he's an integral part of the recording as the liquidity of his playing effectively harmonizes with Reuben, even as he anchors her singing during the dramatic high points. On "Body and Soul," which Reuben takes as a bossa nova, McKenna's affinity with Getz comes into full play as he introduces the song with a strangely familiar sounds. But no, it's not Getz and Gilberto, but rather McKenna and Reuben. That's the kind of insinuating appeal that Reuben seeks when she chooses a song, selecting an alternative arrangement that's consistent with her personality. There's "The Look of Love," of course, the Burt Bacharach-Hal David song of many years ago that Reuben uses as an encapsulation of all that she intends to convey on the album. Once again, it has a Brazilian feel, as Reuben and Company elongate the words "look," "love," "in" and "eyes" for two measures, rather than one, adding a more haunting atmosphere to the song. In fact, Reuben is entirely consistent throughout the CD as all of the songs are taken at approximately the same tempo, playing to her strengths as an interpreter of ballads. On a few of the songs, like "If I Never Met You," strings and woodwinds appear, even though they aren't credited in the liner notes, as if Reuben were on stage instead of in a recording studio. Deanna Reuben captures the essence of romance through her heartfelt interpretation of our favorite songs. Most of the program, however, mellows out with soothing ballads that allow Reuben to wear her heart on her shirtsleeve. McKenna partners with her to add melodic grace. © 2017 Deanna Reuben. All Rights Reserved. Powered by HostBaby.


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