Vox Nuvo is a new jazz vocal quartet singing with the orchestra this year comprised of Katrina Cannon (alto), Lisa Dengg (soprano), James Densley (tenor) and Tanner Linton (bass). The quartet brings the modern sounds of the New York Voices and the classic tunes of the big band era to the stage with the Night Star Jazz Orchestra. Vox Nuvo’s tight harmonies and swingin’ groove will get you moving out of your seat and on to the dance floor.
James Densley sings tenor in Vox Nuvo. James’s jazz experience began when he was 6 years old and he would tag along with his mother to her gigs as a big band singer, and would often sing jazz standards as duets with her. By 8 years old he was singing tunes on his own with the band. James received his bachelors of Music Education from BYU-Idaho in 2016. While there, he sang tenor in BYU-Idaho’s vocal jazz group, Vocal Union, under the direction of Nori Brower. As a member of the group, he was often called on to sing solo tunes with Sound Alliance, BYU-Idaho’s premier big band, under the direction of Dr. Mark Watkins. He also played drums and vibraphone in university jazz combos, as well as tenor sax in the big band. He studied with drummer Kobie Watkins, trumpeter Dr. Ryan Nielsen, bassist Dr. Aaron’s Miller, and pianist Justin Nielsen. He has performed heavily in the pop, and soul genres, as well as jazz. James is currently the Director of Bands at Fremont High School in Ogden, UT., where he resides with his beautiful, extremely musically talented wife Lauren, and two very energetic daughters.
Lisa Dengg is an accomplished big band vocalist in Salt Lake City, with a passion for the music of Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. Lisa studied private voice at the University of Utah, where she was a favored soloist of famed choral director Ed Thompson. While in A cappella choir, she performed at Abravanel Hall, as well as multiple venues all across Europe. Lisa also had the privilege to perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Choral Master Robert Shaw. Lisa has soloed on the Jon Schmidt Christmas album and is the Soprano on 3 CDs with the vocal jazz quartet Crosstowne. Lisa took a sabbatical to raise 3 boys but reunited with friends to perform with local big bands including the Phoenix Jazz and Swing Band, Stratford Street Big Band, the Wasatch Jazz Project and Night Star Jazz Orchestra.