Denzal Sinclaire

A graduate of the jazz performance program at McGill University in Montreal, Canadian vocalist Denzal Sinclaire is a Juno Award nominee, recipient of the 2004 National Jazz Award for Best Album, four-time consecutive recipient of the Jazz Report Magazine Award for Male Jazz Vocalist, and winner of the 2007 Choc Jazzman Award (France). He has graced the stages of numerous concert halls and festivals around the world and has appeared on several popular TV shows and networks, including Canada’s Bravo! TV, Canada AM, Nashville Now, and Ireland’s The Late Late Show. As a former member of soul artist Jamie Lidell’s band, he appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Manu Katché’s One Shot Not (France).

Equally at home in the theater, film, and television, Mr. Sinclaire has delighted audiences with his performances in Unforgettable, a musical based on the life and music of Nat King Cole; Tapestry: The Music of Carole King at Arts Club Theatre; and William Saroyan’s award‐winning The Time of Your Life with Soul Pepper Theatre Company. His TV and film credits include appearances in Battlestar Gallactica and Being Julia, starring Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons.

For fifteen years, Mr. Sinclaire was a frequent collaborator with guitarist, composer, and arranger Bill Coon. The pair performed in a variety of musical settings ranging from duo to symphony orchestra appearances, as well as several live radio, television, and studio recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Société Radio‐Canada. In 1994, they recorded an album of duets, and in 1996, recorded the very first in‐studio concert for Canada’s Bravo! TV with a unique ten-piece ensemble.

Mr. Sinclaire has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Patrice Rushin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Janis Siegel, Dee Daniels, Kevin Mahogany, Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Maye, Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, the Count Basie Orchestra, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Holly Cole, Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, the David Berger Jazz Orchestra, and the WDR Big Band. He has also supported Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Anita Baker, the Four Tops, Bill Charlap, Katie Melua, and Jane Monheit. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at this performance.

(July 2019)