Photo by Andrea Canter


Debbie Duncan

Aug. 24
7 p.m.
Jazz, Singer-Songwriter

Debbie Duncan is the Twin Cities’ First Lady of Song. Not only can her voice gyrate every which way from intimate ballads to spectacular scatting to belting the blues, but she’s a dynamic performer and great song interpreter. Duncan’s a consummate jazz singer, with streaks of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, but she’s also comfortable with soul, gospel, funk, and pop. A Detroit native who early on sang backup for Mitch Ryder and Bob Seger, then worked in L.A., she’s been a stalwart on the local scene since arriving in the early 1980s to dazzle audiences at the bustling nightclub Rupert’s in Golden Valley. Now Duncan is headed back to the Dakota to cut a new live album 25 years after recording her first at the club. It’ll be called Full Circle and will reflect her career with fresh arrangements of some of the tunes that have punctuated her sets over the years, plus, she said, “a bunch of surprises” and one song from the original album, “(Pack Your) Suitcase Blues.”