Vocalist Dean Bowman is renowned internationally for his “rumbling baritone and heart-peeling falsetto… a showstopper” (Village Voice), and heralded by the Guardian as “soulful, charismatic, and technically brilliant… a star.” He has been described alternately as a “vocal-mentalist,” “tone poet,” “avant-garde gospel singer,” and a “jazz singer with the soul of a rocker,” for his work with Don Byron, “Do The Boomerang”, the music of Junior Walker (Blue Note/EMI), as well as touring the music of Ray Charles with John Scofield.
Dean Bowman gratefully acknowledges traditional Black spirituals and gospel as “ground zero” for his creative development. Schooled by his mentors John Paxton and Dr. James Mumford, Bowman later studied under David Baker and Barry Harris. Dean was a featured voice of two characters for the Sony PlayStation game “Parrappa The Rappa.” He was also a featured vocalist for Québécité, an opera composed by D.D. Jackson, with libretto by Canadian-born poet-laureate George Elliot Clarke.