Winner of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Deelee Dubé is a one of the 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.’
Born in London, Deelee studied at the Brit School of performing Arts and pursued an academic path in music and also graduated with a BA honours degree, now upgraded to a Masters.
For the past four years, Deelee has continued her residency at the Acoustic Jazz Lounge which is hosted by acclaimed Tenor Saxophonist Renato D’Aiello at Ronnie Scott’s Club Upstairs, who has also acted as her mentor and teacher throughout this time.
Deelee often captivates listeners through her amazing vocal and precision with words and phrasing, her swooping glissandi and variation of melody, and most notably her unique expression of emotion and interpretation through song. Her album entitled Tenderly was released in December 2016 with an album launch performance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room in April 2016.
Deelee was selected as 1 of 5 finalists for the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition 2016 and travelled to Newark, New Jersey to perform and compete before a panel of prolific judges (Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Sheila Jordan, Sheila E. Anderson, and Mark Ruffin). On Sunday 20th November Deelee Dubé had been selected and chosen as the Sassy Award Grand Prize
winner of 2016!
This triumphant success resulted in her first signing and recording under the prestigious Concord Music Group label, which promises a gleaming new chapter in her music career and a new album to come very soon!
“Exploring the cello tones that informed her bottom register (and were reminiscent of The Divine One herself)” – Downbeat
“…the eventual winner, London chanteuse Deelee Dubé, displayed a beguiling soulfulness and a relaxed, solid sense of swing.” – Jazztimes
‘A voice of deep grainy power … Dubé has a quick-witted musicality’ – Daily Telegraph, January 2017
Renato D’Aiello has become known as one of the strongest and most beautiful saxophone sounds around. His treatments of jazz standards, and originals, both live and on cd, have won great admiration from audiences and the press. Renato studied with masters such as Sal Nistico, Tony Scott, Steve Grossman . He has played with great jazzmen like : Art Farmer,Sal Nistico, Steve Grossman, Eddie Duran, Kirk Lightsey, Keith Copeland, Duffy Jackson, Tony Scott, Jim Mullen, Bruce Forman, Gene Calderazzo, Phil Lee, G.Husband., Alain Jean Marie.
He has played in most of the major venues and festivals in the UK, and since May 2002 he has played several times in Paris, receiving warm acclaim from Jazz Hot magazine and TSF radio. Renato also played in Japan, Berlin, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Italy, Finland.
Since July 2010 Renato has been running a very successful Monday night upstairs at Ronnie Scott in London and a few other resident gigs like ”Primo bar” at The Plaza Hotel in Westminster, Toulouse Lautrec, Spice Of Life. Renato performs regularly at Pizza Express Dean Street in London and many other of the best clubs in UK.
As a teacher Renato has been teaching in most of the best Jazz schools in Italy, then Goldsmiths College in London, Sherborne College and has done many master classes in Japan ( Nagoya ) UK, Italy, Swisse.
“Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul. He has all the virtues – a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique which effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas.” Ian Carr, Jazz writer
Italian pianist, organist and jazz composer, he studied with Davide Santorsola, Ehud Asherie, Bob Durham, Joey Calderazzo, Eddie Gomez, Deduca de Fonseca, Renato Chicco, Stefan Karlsson, Billy Drummond, Dado Moroni, Gerald Clayton, Mike LeDonne, Helen Sung, Lee Konitz ,Guido Di Leone, Renato D’Aiello and many others. He has played with: Jones III, Andy Farber, Joy Garrison, Renato D’Aiello, Nicola Muresu, Max Ionata, Giovanni Amato, Fabrizio Bosso, Gianni Basso, Enrico Rava, Bepi D’Amato, Michele Hendriks, Anne Ducros, Bob Durham and many others. Since 2007 he is professor of piano at the music school “Il Pentagramma”, directed by Guido di Leone. Since 2008 he is an accompanist at the Spoleto Vocal Jazz Workshop conducted by Michele Hendriks, Renato Chicco, Harold Danko, Guido Di Leone and Giuseppe Bassi.
The bass is provided by Nicola Muresu, who is a real poet on his instrument. His intense solos and amazingly solid walking bass make him an irreplaceable man for this project. His bass is currently supporting people such as: Benny Golson, J. Bergonzi, Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman.
Alfonso Vitale, Born in Messina Italy 1992 is an ex child prodigy on drums. He was already playing professionally in Italy at the age of 12. He is now a resident in London and becoming a very much sought-after drummer for his high skills and sensitivity. Alfonso is the house drummer at Acoustic Jazz Lounge upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s on Monday nights under the direction of saxophonist Renato D’Aiello.