Vocalist Deborah Brown was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but her musical talents have propelled her from coast to coast in the USA and across continents and countries. She has recorded over 22 CDs, which sell out faster than she can keep them. She owns most of her recordings, and, just recently, she has released them for a limited time to various record companies. Her voice is spectacular and transformative, and she is no stranger to the stage. She continues to dazzle audiences in night clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals, television, and radio soundstages, and her scatting abilities are superb! Stateside and beyond, Deborah has established herself as a regular guest of universities across the country and she occasionally shares her special singing and scatting techniques in workshops. She also presents new big band material for younger generations of artists and musicians. And, of course, she performs at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Globally, she has performed with musicians such as Eric Ineke and Jazz Xpress (Holland); Stephen Keogh (UK and Spain); Andreas Pettersson (Sweden); Yakov Okun (Russia). She is also a captivating big band songstress and her performances on stage have been with Kluvers Big Band (Denmark); Sandviken Big Band (Northern Sweden); Bohuslan Big Band (Southern Sweden); and Oleg Lundstrem Tribute Orchestra (Russia). The fruit of her labor as a world-traveler comes upon the heels of a twelve-year residency in Europe. Without a doubt, her album, The Song is You, with the Sandviken Big Band is a must-have, and it will make you want to hear more of her beautiful voice (for starters, we recommend the title track)! In 2008, she recorded a tribute to Ivie Anderson, who was Duke Ellington’s primary singer, but who left a fantastic legacy when she died in the 1940’s. Deborah’s tribute to Ivie and Duke, For the Love of Ivie, is on Challenge Records, which is a Dutch company.
Deborah is also featured on others’ works as a special guest artist. Among her musical collaborations, she has recorded, in the recent past, with trombonist Slide Hampton and his quintet; she’s been on tour with pianist Roger Kelloway; she’s recorded a duo performance with guitarist Joe Beck; she’s been live with pianist Dorothy Donegan in a festival in Holland; and, she has recorded many performances with trumpetist Clark Terry. In addition, she was tapped to render a studio recording of the CD, A Lover’s Question, with author James Baldwin. On tour with her own quartet, Jazz 4 Jazz, she has featured pianist Horace Parlan, Red Mitchell, Hein Van De Geijn on acoustic bass, and legendary drummer Ed Thigpen. She has performed in the company of Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailey, Billy Mitchell, Michel Le Grand, Jean “Toots” Thielemans, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Bobby Shew, Kenny Drew, Roy Hargrove, Eric Reeds Trio, The Doky Brothers, and so many more jazz greats! Her 2012 amazing CD release, a Duke Ellington piece, “All Too Soon,” was recorded with saxophonist Bobby Watson. And, her latest release, “Kansas City Here I Come,” was recorded with the late Kevin Mahogany.
A fascinating aspect of Deborah’s career is that she does not have her own band. When she travels, she plays with musicians from all around the world, and with the best. This is how she welcomes us with singing that is entertaining and cross-cultural. Indeed, if you have not heard Ms. Brown, who is by all means a Diva Extraordinaire, you are missing out.