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Deelee Dube


Deelee Dubé (pronounced Doo-beh, accented “é”) made history by becoming the first British Winner and recipient of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and is one of today’s foremost gifted vocalists to have emerged from the London scene in many years. Embodying a stellar African musical lineage, the eclectic tastes of a London upbringing and a deep love and respect for the jazz tradition, Deelee possesses what Jazz Times called ‘a warm tone, genuine blues feeling and easy rhythmic authority.’ Deelee’s late father was the famed South African jazz pianist Jabu Nkosi; her grandfather another legendary figure from the country’s music scene, saxophonist and bandleader Zacks (Isaac) Nkosi


Article: Album Review

Deelee Dube: Trying Times

Read "Trying Times" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Five years ago, the annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition named Deelee Dubé its first British winner and (2016) Sassy Award recipient, landing Dubé a spot at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and recording contract for this Concord Records debut. Trying Times marks a major label debut, but Deelee Dubé is no artistic novice. ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs

Read "Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Paul Colombo Group Rio Crystal Vectordisc Records 2020 Rio Crystal is the perfect title for this bright and clear, warm and sunny set led by guitarist Paul Colombo. Its frontline pairs Colombo's nimble guitar with keyboardist Ron Thomas, supported by bassist Andy Alonso and drummer Chris ...


Trying Times

Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Tryin' Times (05:15) 2. Still Trying (03:50) 3. On A Clear Day (04:14) 4. Ugly Beauty (Still We Dream) (04:16) 5. 500 Miles High (05:37) 6. Thou Swell (03:44) 7. Lazy Afternoon (03:38) 8. Joy (06:14) 9. Unity (06:38) 10. Still We Try (Spoken Word Tone Poem) (04:13)


Tryin' Times

Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tryin' Times; Still Trying (featuring Russell Malone); On A Clear Day; Ugly Beauty (Still We Dream) (featuring Russell Malone); 500 Miles High; Thou Swell; Lazy Afternoon (featuring Russell Malone); Joy; Unity; Still We Try.


The Blue Bird Sings

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: 1. Cry Me A River (Rehearsal w/ the Jazz Cats) 04:19 2. Take Five - Take Five 02:18 3. Round Midnight 04:48 4. Summertime 03:58 5. The Girl From Ipanema 02:49 6. Autumn in New York 04:32 7. Rainy Day Blues 05:02 8. Life Is Not The Same 03:36 9. Fly Me To The Moon 02:13 10. The Nearness of You 03:52 11. California Dreamin' 02:41 12. S'Wonderful 04:04 13. Bossa 2 Samba 03:00 14. Can You Tell Me (Bonus Track) 04:38


Article: Year in Review

2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: I Got Rhythm; But Not For Me; Estate; Sophisticated Lady; I Only Have Eyes For You; Lover Man; Detour Ahead; Rainy Day Blues; Come Rain or Come Shine; Tenderly.


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