A recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, with a BA in Jazz Vocal Performance, and Liberal Arts Minor in Cultural Studies, 22-year-old Darynn Dean is ready to take the world by storm. Growing up in Los Angeles, from a young age Darynn was mentored and coached by jazz singer Barbara Morrison and pianist Howlett Smith. No stranger to Jazz, her grandfather, Donald Dean Sr., is a renowned drummer (Les McCann, Carmen McCrae and Eddie Harris), her father, Donald Dean Jr., is also a drummer (Kenny Burrell, Rickey Lee Jones), and her cousin, 20-year old Jamael Dean (Kamasi Washington), is an emerging recording/touring piano player. Now, Darynn has set her sights on taking her place in the family legacy and climbing the imposing mountain of Jazz greats.
In 2019 Darynn performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency where she was mentored by jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and pianist Jason Moran. She has played with international bassist Dave Holland and sung alongside Freddie Cole for the New England Conservatory’s “Nat King Cole Tribute”. She has shared the Grammy week stage with Dave Koz, Hubert Laws, and Aaron Parks. Her accomplishments include finalist in the Music Center Spotlight Awards, as well as, first place in the National Young Arts Foundation, Dolo Coker and NAACP ACT-SO competitions. She mesmerized the audience while performing for Quincy Jones in LA Jazz Society’s “Celebrating the World of Quincy Jones: A Tribute.” Darynn Dean is well on her way to the top! A true rising star from Los Angeles, Darynn says, “I’ve been fortunate to have been recognized amongst the best in my class at each level. I’m so excited to move forward to my next chapter, and I can’t wait to share the stage with the Jazz greats of my generation.”
With college completed, Darynn is looking forward recording her first CD, touring the world, and bringing her own message to the world through music.
Kennedy Center in Washington D.C
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles
Jordan Hall in Boston Massachusetts
Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles
The Lighthouse Jazz Club in Hermosa Beach California
Central Avenue Jazz Festival in Los Angeles California
Gardena Jazz Festival in Gardena California
New World Performing Arts Center in Miami Florida
Scholarships and Awards
2015 Young Arts Foundation National Gold Medal Level Finalist in the Jazz Voice.
2015 member of the All-Star GRAMMYâ Foundation Jazz Vocal Ensemble.
2014 member of the All-Star GRAMMYâ Foundation Jazz Vocal Ensemble.
2015 National NAACP ACT-SO competition Gold Medal winner.
2013 National NAACP ACT-SO competition Gold Medal winner,
2015 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards Grand Prize Finalist.
2014 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award Semi-Finalist.
2013 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award Semi-Finalist.
2013-2019 Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Foundation 1st place vocal winner.
2012 Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Foundation 4th place vocal winner.
2014 Zeta Rho Foundation Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Talent Hunt Local 2nd Place Winner.