Watch my Music Video called the Last Day of Summer NOW!!!(Yay)

I’m so happy for all the love and support from the “Last Day of Summer” video! The process of making the video was really fun and very exciting. I wanted to give some background on the featured song the “Last Day of Summer”. It was written by my mentor and coach Howlett Smith aka “Smitty” in the late 60’s and performed by the amazing Spanky Wilson on her debut album for Mothers Records in 1968, called "Spankin' Brand New"! Howlett wrote this breathtaking song that is completely timeless. If you haven’t seen the video, please do! Click the link below!

Howlett is an incredible musician, composer, mentor and has written over 100 compositions like “Let’s Go Where the Grass is Greener” sung by the great Nancy Wilson. Words cannot express the incredible impact Howlett has had on my life- he taught me most of the songs that I sing to this day starting from when I was 14 years old!

It is such an honor to be able to sing and be inspired by the great singers and composers that came before me. I am so grateful to acknowledge the musicians playing in the music video! The vocal recording of the “Last Day of Summer” that you hear in my music video was taken from my LIVE performance at the Mayme Clayton Jazz Museum in Los Angeles last spring. The great Clayton Cameron was on drums, Michael Alvidrez on bass, Paul Cornish on piano, Aaron Shaw (tenor), Brian Swartz (trumpet) and Christopher Astoquillca (alto). They are ALL phenomenal people and musicians, please go check them out! The “Last Day of Summer” recording was mixed by “Lou” Buster Brown a Grammy award winning producer that has worked with artist such as Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams! Louis also recorded and directed the “Last Day of Summer” music video. A special thanks to my Dad Donald Deanwho took the super fun headshots and for SIMPLY just being an awesome DAD! I am so grateful for my Grandfather Donald DeanJamael Dean, Uncle Bill DeanDonald DeanDondei Dean, Mom, family members, teachers, mentors, and friends for all of their support, love, and guidance.

Get to know me!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! While a formal bio may suit some, I prefer to share a little more of my background that goes beyond the bullet points and awards. Below is a little of my past, present, and future aspirations that push me to continue on this journey as an artist. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions, comments, or simply want to say hello, please visit my contact page! 

My name is Darynn Dean and music moves me in unimaginable ways. Around the age of seven I remember jammin’ to Nat King Cole’s Hit that Jive, Jack album. The album provided such a sense of comic relief that even as a seven year old, I fell in love with the music of the time: Jazz. As a child I sang incessantly around the house, but I did not take my craft seriously until my uncle suggested that I audition as vocalist for a Jazz Big Band.

Once I joined, I underwent the experience of a lifetime. The band and I performed all over Los Angeles, including venues like the Catalina Jazz Club, Central Avenue Jazz Festival, and the Sweet & Hot Jazz Festival. As I delved deeper into the jazz scene I realized there was more to learn beyond the Big Band repertoire. I began to practice other songs and learn them with finesse. This included searching for places to learn about music theory so I could not only be a singer, but a musician as well. On my quest I met Barbara Morrison, who took me under her wing and gave me a scholarship to take music theory classes and voice lessons at her performing arts center. The classes helped me tremendously and I was inspired to find other resources that would help me grow as a vocalist.

As I developed vocally, I expanded my musical endeavors. In my sophomore and junior year of high school I competed in the Spotlight Awards, a performing arts scholarship competition, and was selected as a Semi-finalist. In 2013 I competed nationally in the NAACP ACT-SO competition and received gold in the Vocal Contemporary category. My desire to find other great opportunities did not stop there. That same year I was accepted into the Grammy Jazz Choir and sang at the official Grammy Foundation events with seven other talented choir members.  I was chosen as a 2015 National Young Arts Finalist in the Jazz Voice category, and attended an all-expenses paid trip to Miami. Once there, I participated in master classes taught by some of the world’s most prominent artists.

Although winning the award is memorable, it is only a milestone on a journey that will continue for the rest of my life. The deep bond I have formed with music is my constant. The joy I feel on stage confirms that music is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Five years from now, I envision myself singing at Carnegie Hall, touring Tuscany, and enjoying the career I have created.

I am currently majoring in Vocal Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory Boston MA. At the Conservatory I am exploring the musical world with determined like-minded individuals.  Before I graduate college I see myself being fully immersed in the world of music and ready for imminent success.

Performing for Quincy Jones!

I am so honored to announce that I will be performing for Quincy Jones at the L.A Jazz Society's Celebrating the World of Quincy Jones Concert next month on November 19th!! The concert will not only be honoring Quincy, but Jackie and Howard Banchik; two incredible individuals that co-founded the Harmony Project, an inner city music program that allows free music lessons and instruments to youth.

Music is such an amazing and influential part of my life and I am extremely grateful to be able to show homage to people that have contributed and care so much about the arts. A huge thanks goes out to all of my friends and family that have supported my musical endeavors. I would not be able to do what I love if it wasn't for you all <3 !!
I can't forget some of my coaches and mentors Barbara Morrison, Howlett Smith, Sybil Coker, Jeri GaileRon McCurdyMichael HaydenDominique Eade the Leimert Park community, and the World Stage for giving me guidance and strength! And my dad, Donald Dean, Grandfather Donald Dean, Uncle Bill Dean, sister Dondei Dean, and cousin Jamael Dean !

The concert will be off the chain because John Clayton is the musical director and his big band is playing! Some of the performers include Patti Austin, Siedah Garrett, Rickey Minor, and Hubert Laws.. just to name a few :)

Woo! Tickets are now available!