Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Deborah's musical talents have propelled her from coast to coast in the USA, eventually leading her to Japan, Indonesia and the far east and culminating in a 12 year residency in Europe.
Deborah has performed all over the world with many of the most famous names in Jazz. Her regular quartet for many years featured Horace Parlan, Red Mitchell and Ed Thigpen.
She has also appeared either as a leader or guest with many of the greatest names in Jazz: Art Blakey, Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller and many - Concert performances with Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailey, Billy Mitchell, Michelle LeGrand, "Toots" Thielemans, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bobby Shew, Kenny Drew, Roy Hargrove, The Eric Reed trio, the Doky Brothers and many, many others.
Deborah has enjoyed participating in and creating many unique musical situations... among these (in no particular order) are...A duet recording with trombonist Slide Hampton. A 10 concert tour in duo with piano master, Roger Kellaway. Duo performances with pianists Cedar Walton and Dorothy Donegan. A performance of "My One and Only Love" with trumpet star Clark Terry. A studio recording of the CD "A Lover's Question" with author James Baldwin.