March 1st - 3rd 2013
A Festival Celebrating Women in Jazz Music & Dance
The daughter of two opera singers, Debbie Davis never had a chance. She was born a singer. Making her first professional singing appearance at the age of two, her childhood was peppered with performances in opera and musical theater. As a young adult she was on track for a career as an actress, singer and dancer when a knee injury diverted her energies toward singing exclusively. She became well known in her native New Jersey as a rock and roll singer in several bands, dabbling in jazz standards when opportunity allowed.
Moving to New Orleans in 1997, Debbie began making a name for herself in the local music community singing jazz and all manner of musical styles. She's gone on to record with people like John Boutte, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Dukes of Dixieland, Leigh Harris, Paul Sanchez, Kevin Clark, Tom McDermott, 3 Manisha, All That, Tin Men, Lil Band of Gold (CC Adcock), Marc Stone, Mike West, Harry Shearer and Alex McMurray and was the jingle singer for the 2003 Zatarains ad campaign produced by David Torkanowski. In 1999 she joined The Pfister Sisters and has spent the last decade performing locally and internationally with the group. In 2010 she played herself on the critically acclaimed HBO series, TREME, and sang on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for the show. She was nominated for Best Female Vocalist of 2010 by Offbeat Magazine and her first solo recording, on Threadhead Records, is slated for release in 2012. It will feature a who's who of New Orleans finest players and songs spanning from Irving Berlin to Amy Winehouse as well as the talents of local songsmiths, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez.
Debbie is New Orleans premier female ukulelist and is proud to endorse Southcoast Ukes. She is also married to tubist, bassist, composer, arranger and Threadhead artist, Matt Perrine. They live in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans with their two sons, Ben and Henry, and Bowie the wonder-dog.