Delphine Cortez began her career singing in top jazz clubs on Rush Street in Chicago, and has been one of the most in-demand vocalists in the southwest since her arrival in the Greater Phoenix market in the mid-80’s. While clearly having her own style, Delphine carries on the tradition of the great ladies of jazz, such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and her musical idol, Nancy Wilson. She performs with uniquely captivating style, grace and creativity. Her “scat chops” and ability to interpret and compose lyrics on the fly is truly remarkable.
International jazz journalist Patricia Myers has said of Delphine, “Delphine Cortez literally takes possession of each song so firmly that one does not think of comparing Delphine’s style to anyone else’s – Delphine sings as only Delphine can. Her voice evokes warmth and passion with remarkable depth and range.”
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Joel Robin, who is executive director of Jazz in AZ, “pretended to play” piano when he was 3, took 22 lessons when he was 7, quit the piano until he was 10 and then “got hooked on jazz.” A few sessions at Juilliard School in New York City enhanced his talent and the “rest is all by ear,” he said. Joel and Delphine are familiar to local jazz fans because they play regularly at 129 ½: An American Jazz Grill on Cortez Street, and they are featured in the annual Prescott Jazz Summit.