Deb Macintyre’s love for jazz is rooted deeply in her family’s exotic Anglo-Indian ancestry. It is her father’s passion for jazz that has been instrumental in the development of Deb’s deep love for music.
Music of all sorts has played a big part in Deb’s life. In addition to her strong musical heritage, she has always had a keen interest in and appreciation for all types of music genres.
Deb also has a strong gospel background, evident even now in her soulful approach to jazz standards and as a solo performer has sung to congregations numbering in the thousands.
After leaving secondary school, Deb undertook classical training lessons with opera teacher Richard Lenherr in Perth for a number of years. This period of study in Deb’s life helped to consolidate her vocal technique and expand her range to an impressive three and a half octaves.
Deb Macintyre’s repertoire ranges from tinkling cocktail music to earthy blues ballads, upbeat cosmopolitan swing and funky jazz melodies, and features compositions from the Tin Pan Alley greats such as Cole Porter and the Gershwins. Deb’s divine voice also betrays her influences: Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Dinah Washington to name a few - all singers to whom Deb is proud to pay respects.
In a jazz setting, Deb Macintyre most often works with her own exciting vibrant trio, but also has access to the best jazzmen that Perth has to offer.
Band performances have included: Local Government festivals, corporate and private functions, weddings and receptions. Most notably the quintet was recently invited to perform at Government House Ballroom for the Governor-General and other dignitaries.