In the Artist's Spotlight ~
It's is a privilege to give the spotlight to Denny Jiosa. Known for his success in contemporary jazz both as a guitarist and producer. Denny has six chart topping contemporary jazz CDs and four Grammy nominations with Gospel artist Yolanda Adams and Polka queen Lynn Marie, he is no stranger to diversification.
Denny is currently working on a new Latin project and also planning to release a blues project with special guests. Both will be released next year. He and percussionist, Glen Caruba recently produced the theme song for Rocky Patel Cigars. Now check out Denny's newest and seventh release, "JIOSA On The Edge" where Denny pushes into his more musically aggressive side. The project has recieved rave reviews.
"If Eric Clapton played jazz he'd be Denny Jiosa" / Jazziz Magazine
"Take the classic cool jazz of the late Wes Montgomery,stretch it with the contemporary sounds of jazz masters like Pat Metheny and Larry Carlton, add a dollop of B.B. King blues and Eric Clapton blues rock, and temper it with Latin-tinged, soaring, fluid solos like Carlos Santana, shake it and bake it, and you have Denny Jiosa!" / Steppin' Out Magazine
"Anyone familiar with his past work won't be surprised to hear the immediately memorable ballad "Redemption," which is more Jeff Beck than smooth jazz." / VINTAGE GUITAR REVIEW / John Heidt
Among modern jazz guitar enthusiasts, Jiosa is renowned for his smooth jazz guitar stylings that sometimes mixed one part Earl Klugh with one part Jeff Beck. That Jeff Beck side of his playing—the more cutting edge Jiosa—comes out in full force. / mwe3.com / Robert Silvestein
Denny grew up in Huntington, Indiana knowing at a young age that music was his calling. He first picked up the guitar at age seven has never stopped! After college, he moved to Los Angeles to study at the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology. He spent four years in California, then moved to Nashville,TN. where he began his recording career. In 1995 he signed with the New York label, DA Music and released his first project,"Moving Pictures" which quickly climbed to the number 10 spot on the NAC charts. Four more chart topping, critically acclaimed releases followed on the DA music label. His most notable hit,"Lights of the City" from "Inner Voices", reached the number 5 chart position and has become a smooth jazz classic. He is currently on Sonic Canvas Records with two releases,"Dreams Like This", and "JIOSA On The Edge".