Jazz vocalist Deborah Davis returns to the Blue Note stage in her 16th annual Benefit Concert for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The proceeds from this evening's performance will be donated to the Society for blood-related cancer research and patient services.
|Deborah Davis & A Few Good Men–16th Annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Benefit
DEBORAH DAVIS is a gifted singer and consummate performer that has captivated audiences throughout the world. A jazz singer fused with the gospel, Texas Blues, a whole lot of soul, a natural ﬂowing charm, and ﬂawless stage presence, Deborah Davis draws you into her show. A native of Dallas Texas, Deborah began singing as soon as she could speak. Her ﬁrst inspiration towards a jazz career was when her high school choir director, jazz pianist ROBERT SANDERS added her to his weekend gigs. Deborah went on to earn a BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION DEGREE in vocal studies from NORTH TEXAS UNIVERSITY and subsequently an ASSOCIATE ARTS DEGREE in RECORDING ENGINEERING at CEDAR VALLEY COLLEGE. Her musical development brought her to NEW YORK CITY in 1986, where she has carved out a niche for herself on the U.S. East Coast and International jazz scenes.
Deborah's distinct style of phrasing, extraordinary singing ability and professionalism earned her a nomination of U.S. Jazz Ambassador by the U.S.State Department in 2004. She has sung for dignitaries at United Nations & Embassy affairs including a performance for former President Bill Clinton. Deborah was invited d to Athens, Greece by the U.S. Embassy to headline a beneﬁt concert for Hurricane Katrina victims. Known to musicians as a hard swinging singer Deborah has had invitations to perform with legendary jazz greats RAY BROWN, LIONEL HAMPTON and CLARK TERRY, as well as an rare opportunity to substitute for ABBEY LINCOLN here at the Blue Note. FREDDIE HUBBARD, ART BLAKEY, and LOU DONALDSON have all shared their stage with Deborah inviting her to jam. Not limiting her talents to the jazz audience, Deborah has shared the stage with BON JOVI and BILLY JOEL and sung with THE SHIRELLS. While sining in the house band at Monte Carlo Summer Festival ’08 she opened for CELINE DIONE, ALICIA KEYS, JILL SCOTT, MACY GRAY, DIANA ROSS, SANTANA, CHICAGO, ERIC CLAPTON, Z.Z.TOP, ALANIS MORISETTE, JAMIE CULLUM and more.
Always striving to be a well rounded person, Deborah ran a 26.2 mile fundraising marathon for the LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY in Dublin Ireland ’98. After doing so she decided singing for the cause was a better idea. This is the 16th Annual jazz beneﬁt concert for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society held annually here at the Blue Note, the ﬁrst Monday of each year. When she’s not on stage Deborah enjoys Making Jewelry Sewing, Abstract Art, Poetry, Vegetarian Cooking, Bikram Yoga, Tai Chi and working out. Deborah also collects any thing relating to MONKEYS.