Born: on November 16, 1950 in Belem, Para, Brazil
Genres: Vocal, Latin, International
Styles: Latin Pop, Vocal Pop, MPB, Brazilian Traditions, Brazilian Pop
Jane Duboc is an experienced singer and composer. Having worked with names such as Toninho Horta, Djavan and Sivuca, she has appeared on more than 100 albums. Milton Nascimento and Toninho Horta composed several themes especially for her, and is an awarded professional.
Since her childhood, she studied classical piano and violao (acoustic guitar) at the conservatory. At this time, she led several vocal and instrumental groups which were presented in school festivals, with good TV coverage.
At 17, having received a scholarship to study piano, violao, voice and flute at the Music College of Georgia University, in Columbus, GA, she lived there for six years, having married musician Gay Vaquer, with whom she had his son Jay Vaquer. During that time, she formed the Fane Jazz Band, which she led, playing violao, guitar and singing. She also gave Music History classes in the university. In 1971, she interpreted "No ano 83" (Sergio Sampaio) in Rede Globo's VI FIC (International Song Festival).
In 1977, she returned to Brazil, forming English-singing Group Fein. Her song "Pollution" attracted the interest of late poet/singer/composer Raul Seixas, who was committed to social criticism. He decided to record it as a single, but censorship vetoed the lyrics as "subversive", so she had to scat-sing it. That opened to her the opportunity of participating in Raul's own records. Then she joined arranger/producer/conductor Erlon Chaves' Banda Veneno, having recorded two albums with them. She also was a member of Rede Globo' choral, which had several engagements in the vignettes and soundtracks of that major TV outing, also participating in an Chico Anisio' album. With Gay Vaquer she recorded an album for RCA, Mourning the musicians, with the participation of important musicians such as Luiz Eca, Paulo Moura and Noveli. Soon she would be touring with Egberto Gismonti with his shows "Agua e vinho I e II," and appearing in Egberto's album "Tree" as backing vocalist and percussionist. Wrote and recorded the soundtrack for movie Janaina (with Marlene Franca) and for the play "Encontro no bar," with Camila Amado and Otavio Augusto. Recorded the albums Acalantos Brasileiros and Musica popular do Norte, for label Marcus Pereira. The latter was recorded live during shows which carried the same name, with the participation of Elis Regina and Nara Leao. With Guto Graca Melo she composed and recorded the soundtrack for the movie Amor bandido, by Bruno Barreto. In 1978 she joined the Rio Jazz Orchestra, led by saxophonist/surgeon Marcos Szpillman, singing jazz and standard themes. Appeared in the albums of the Motokas, Skates, Claudinha Telles and Roupa Nova, at the time "The Fanks." Recorded her first Lp in 1980, Languidez (Aycha), in which worked Helio Delmiro, Luis Avelar, Osvaldo Montenegro, Toninho Horta, Djavan and Sivuca. Was awarded as the best interpreter of the Rede Globo' MPB Shell - National Song Festival, with song "Saudade." This brought to her a contract with label Som Livre, for which recorded the single "Cheiro de Amor," a hit soon recorded again by Maria Betania. She also worked in that label with the vocal group Cantamor, and recorded two more albums there. In 1982, she recorded her solo album Jane Duboc (Som da Gente), and was awarded as the best interpreter of the I Festival da Mulher (I Woman's Festival) in Sao Paulo, SP. In the same year she had a good rating in the MPB Shell Festival with song "Tentacao" (Tunai/Sergio Natureza). In 1983 she recorded "A valsa dos clowns" (Edu Lobo/Chico Buarque) for the album O grande circo mistico (Som Livre). In 1985 issued LP Ponto de partida (RCA), with special guest Toquinho. With Toquinho she would also tour Brazil and Italy with his show Doce vida, praised by many including Elis Regina, and would record the soundtrack album in Milan. In 1986 she sang for more than 30.000 people, at the anniversary of Belo Horizonte MG. Her 1987 album Minas em mim (Continental) had the songs composed especially for her by Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta and Tavito, among other names. Also, it was arranged by great musicians Cesar Camargo Mariano, Chiquinho de Morais and Cido Bianchi. This year is a milestone in her career, as she bent towards more sentimental interpretations and compositions, aiming the major audience. Her single "Chama da paixao" was a big hit reaching the Top Five. "Sonhos" was another hit. Her songs were included in the highly popular Brazilian soap-operas, a deed repeated by her delivery of "Besame" (Flavio Venturini/Murilo Antunes). She would record also the albums Feliz (1988), Brasiliano (1991, Globo Records), Jane Duboc (1993), and Partituras (1995). Was awarded with the Premio Sharp de Musica, as the best singer of 1992. In March, 1996, together with saxophonist/conductor Roberto Sion, inaugurated a major convention center in Japan, recording there the CD From Brazil to Japan, then touring all Japan. With renowned violonista Sebastiao Tapajos she recorded in 1997 the album Da minha terra, a tribute to Para's composers. She also wrote the books Entre paredes (poems) and child musicals Jeguelhinho and Bia e Buze.
- Alvaro Neder (All Music Guide)