It is with deep shock and sadness that we report the unexpected passing of Debra Mann, an acclaimed and supremely talented jazz singer, pianist and composer on our Whaling City Sound label. Her most recent recording, Full Circle, featuring the music of Joni Mitchell, was released in August 2018. She had also released three CD recordings on her label, Jobe Records.Her career was decorated with highlights. A Berklee grad, Debra was widely hailed as Rhode Island’s premier jazz pianist and vocalist. She performed at Symphony Hall in Boston as a featured guest soloist with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. She had the distinct honor of performing at the request of Frank Sinatra. In celebration of Women’s History Month, she performed with her trio on Ron Dellachiesa’s WGBH radio program “Music America.” She was a prized member of the regional jazz community, having shared the stage with artists including Dick Johnson, Herb Pomeroy, Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood, Ted Casher, Jeff Stout, Ed Saindon, and many others. Dino Govoni, Jay Azzolina, Dave Zinno, Marty Richards, Jerry Leake, and Paul Angel joined her on our Full Circle release.She was also a passionate educator, on the faculty of Brown University and Wheaton College.
We at Whaling City Sound, along with the music community, will miss Debra’s extraordinary and elegant musical voice. We mourn deeply her passing and extend our sympathy to her family and friends.For more information see
CD release party “Full Circle” feature the music of Joni Mitchell with Dino Govoni on sax and flute, Jay Azzolina – guitar, Dave Zinno – bass and Marty Richard – drums.
Vinny Pagano replaces Marty Richards on drums
Debra Mann Quintet
Record release concert
The Music of Joni Mitchell
celebrating Joni Mitchell’s 75 birthday
November 16, 2018
8p Chan’s, 267 Main Street, Woonsocket, RI
featuring Debra Mann, keys and vocals; Dino Govoni, saxophone; Jay Azzolina, guitar; Dave Zinno, acoustic bass; Vinny Pagano, drums