Vocalist Dennis Hastings, originally from Portland, Oregon, has been singing jazz and blues in the Northwest for over 30 years, and has played on the same bill with notable talent such as Bobby McFerrin, John Lee Hooker, The Marcels, James Harmon, Howard Roberts and a host of other great acts. He was the lead vocalist for 'The Fleetwoods' for a concert in Dallas, Texas. His focus has recently been on producing a CD which will use some of the great talent the Northwest has to offer such as Paul Gabrielson, David Deacon Joyner, Clipper Anderson, Jack Klitzman, Mark Ivester, Steven Bentley and others.
Dennis also has been focused on performing the arrangements of the late Mel Tormé, both in quartet and dektette format, a dektette being an 8 horn ensemble with bass and drums. His repertoire spans the songs made popular from the 40’s to the 2000 era, including many Sinatra hits as well as songs by Sting and Stevie Wonder. A wide selection of classic blues are also a mainstay of his sets whenever he performs, featuring tunes such as ‘Room With a View,’ ‘Little Red Rooster,’ and ‘The Dark End of the Street’ among others.
Dennis continues his exploration of vocal jazz, searching for new ways to express this diverse medium to Northwest audiences. He currently lives in Olympia Washington with his wife Beverly and can be seen in venues from Seattle to the Portland area. Students of jazz vocals would be remiss not to include Dennis Hastings in their study of the medium.