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. Deelee was brought up with music all around her, and formed her first band at the age of 14. She attended the BRIT School for arts and music, and received formal voice sessions under Anton Browne later studying as a music undergraduate at South Bank University and Morley College with vocalist Clare Foster, and forming the first of many musical relationships with jazz pianist Roland Perrin. She has also received the private tutelage of Jazz vocalist and teacher Rachel Gould and tenor saxophonist Renato D’Aiello.

A songwriter as well as a vocalist, Deelee has had her work reach the semi-finals of the UK Song writing (UKSC) Contest. She also teaches as a freelance voice coach and singing teacher, conducting one-to-one sessions under her practice 'Vocal Insight™' (endorsed by the Prince’s Trust). Her approach is holistic and utilises her own experiential knowledge based on the embodied voice combined with music theory. An advocate of vocal pedagogy, well-being, humanitarian and philanthropic causes, Deelee gives masterclasses around the world at notable institutions such as Scuola di Musica Il Pentagramma (Bari, Italy), Fabrica La Isleta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and previously at Watford Palace Theatre (UK).

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“Exploring the cello tones that informed her bottom register (and were reminiscent of The Divine One herself)” ~ Downbeat

“The British singer wrapped her fine, horn-like sound around the clinching number, scoring heavily with the audience...when it mattered most.” – Downbeat

“Dubé, whose deft...performance pointed to the power inherent in connecting with one’s own unique voice.” - Downbeat

'A voice of deep grainy power ... Dubé has a quick-witted musicality' - Daily Telegraph

“[...] the eventual winner, London chanteuse Deelee Dubé, displayed a beguiling soulfulness and a relaxed, solid sense of swing.” ~ Jazz Times

”Authentic, swinging, soulful: Here's to Deelee Dubé, NJPAC's 5th Sarah Vaughan vocal comp winner! The Divine One is smiling from on high!” ~ John Schreiber NJPAC President and CEO

“El Jazz Una Diosa!” ~ El Faro de Ceuta (El Revellín celebró el Día Internacional del Jazz con Deelee Dubé)

“A Beguiling Soulfulness” ~ Jazz Times

'One of the most exciting gigs of the year..

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