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Dena DeRose

Dena DeRose

Carpal tunnel syndrome is always a problem, and it looms especially large for those who play the piano for a living. Yet the affliction had a bright side for pianist and arranger Dena DeRose because it taught her that she was also a jazz singer-and a fine one at that. Since that realization about nine years ago, Ms. DeRose has released two recordings as a player and singer, her latest being Another World on the Sharp Nine label.

Now in her early 30s, DeRose began to notice severe pain in her right hand when she was 22. After the diagnosis, successful surgery followed, but her hand remained in a cast for two months. During that time-and basically on a whim-she began to stand up and sing with her trio in her hometown of Binghamton, New York, much to the delight of her audiences. When the cast eventually came off, her therapy was to go back to the piano, and she’s been accompanying herself ever since.

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