Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

When Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin was just 6 years old, her grandmother would invite her friends over and say to the young girl, “Baby, get up and sing.” She hasn’t sat down yet. Darby-Duffin is always up and singing somewhere, whether it be at church, on the musical theater stage or paying tribute to jazz greats Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald at the Grand Theatre or the Kenley Centennial Amphitheater. Her performance at the Kenley amphitheater was so popular last year, she was invited back this year. On Sunday, Aug. 21, she’ll be live at Kenley during the Sunday Concert Series, sponsored by the Davis Arts Council. She will be singing some of her favorite jazz pieces. “Over the past eight years, I’ve grown to love jazz and it’s become my thing to do,” she said. “I was always looking for a niche, and it never happened until I found jazz. For me, it was definitely my ‘ah ha’ moment.” When she started singing jazz, Darby-Duffin said, she found it came easy for her. “I found it fun and melodic, too,” she said. “With jazz, you don’t just sing the same thing day in and day out. Part of the idea behind music is to interpret people’s feelings. I’ve found jazz is the best genre to do that.”




May 30, 2017


2017 Performers