Daralyn Jay is vocalist that truly defies categorization—as capable of scatting her way through a swing chorus as tossing a soulful riff. Not one for mere pyrotechnics, her deeply felt connection to the lyric and rhythmic approach have earned her respect on the New York music scene. She interprets standards as well as Latin, R&B and pop tunes, incorporating rarely performed verses and using French, Portuguese and Spanish lyrics to tell the story.
Daralyn has appeared on the stages of top New York venues including The Kitano, Minton's, Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club, Smoke, Cleopatra’s Needle and Le Cirque. She has also performed as a guest artist in such international locales as Turkey, Cuba and Israel and was one of the Top 15 finalists in the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. She is a frequent vocal arranger and guest for pop, rock, hip-hop and multigenre artists, including Rex Anthony, King Jabbar and Carmela Tal.
Daralyn also volunteers with Vocal Ease, a nonprofit that provides live entertainment for New York City's senior citizens at hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers and residences.
Born into a household of avid music lovers, Daralyn began singing in church choirs and launched her formal music education on the flute, later adding piano. She has trained with voice teachers David Sabella-Mills and Norma Garbo as well as studied repertoire and jazz technique with noted musicians Johnny O’Neal and Dr. Barry Harris.
Photographer: Brad Berger