About Ginger Commodore & Debbie Duncan
An evening full of sizzling soul, jazz and powerful vocals.
A member of the Midwest music scene for many years, Ginger is a regular visitor to The Dakota’s stage. Classically trained, gospel influenced, and jazz inspired, Ginger’s musical foundation is a true amalgam of musical styles presented with her own unique delivery. A former member of Sounds of Blackness, Ginger has also been very active in the local theater scene.
Ginger’s early background was gospel, and she honed her skills in church and in the Grammy Award winning group the Sounds of Blackness. Then came Moore by Four, and years of singing the jazzy gospel infused vocal arrangements that gave the group an international audience. And now, all that talent and experience is brought into her own group, GCQ.
Debbie Duncan, vocals
Bobby Commodore, drums
Lee Blaske, piano
Mark Weisberg, bass
Debbie Duncan, the Twin Cities’ “First Lady of Song” as she is so often referred to by media people, club owners, and dj’s, is a stunning and versatile vocalist who captivates audiences and jazz musicians. Minneapolis Star Tribune reports “She’s superb on funky upbeat workouts, tender ballads and all kinds of jazz numbers; she energizes the ordinary and puts her stamp on just about everything she does.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Ginger possesses some of the sweetest and most clarion pipes in town.” -Britt Robson, City Pages
“I don’t think there is such a thing as a sub-par performance by the versatile Duncan” -Jon Bream, Star Tribune
“Duncan’s a terrific entertainer… But more than that, she’s a superb singer – probably the finest in an area that boasts some excellent female vocalists… She showed just how good she is.. when she tackled ballads, be-bop, blues to some scat choruses reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan and finally to a concluding soul shot.. She sang with abandon, yet with control which most singers never learn.” -Bob Protzman, St Paul Pioneer Press