Rebecca grew up listening to her father play the piano every day, every night. She would fall asleep to the sounds of George Shearing and Bill Evans arrangements. It was this music, jazz, that filled her with a sense of comfort and delight, and she was most drawn to the songs of the Great American Songbook, even through her teenage years. But while jazz music was a deep love, it was not something she pursued professionally for some time.
Rebecca DuMaine began her artistic career as an actress in NY, performing in theatrical productions in Manhattan and regionally throughout the country, as well as in television and radio. After completing her B.A. in Drama at Duke University and an MFA in Acting at Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rebecca furthered her advanced training and pursued a love of voice and speech, becoming a Designated Linklater Voice teacher in 2003. She spent a decade teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs in NY, including NYU, Columbia and the Actors Studio Graduate Acting Program at Pace University. While in NYC, Rebecca would occasionally join the Dave Miller Trio for gigs when they traveled east and performed at the acclaimed Rainbow Room and for a special event at Ellis Island or while visiting “home”, at the Bach Dynamite and Dancing Society in Half Moon Bay.
It was not until moving back cross country to the Bay Area with her husband and two small children in the summer of 2010 that Ms. DuMaine passionately reconnected with her love of jazz music; she has been playing with the Dave Miller Trio consistently ever since. The culmination of her background in acting and voice, married with the story-telling and rich harmonies within the Great American Songbook and beyond has set her down this magical and exciting new path, a path which is a homecoming of sorts. Rebecca is ever-grateful to have collaborated with Dave, Bill and Mario on her debut album, Deed I Do on the Summit Records label, and she relishes every minute she spends with these wonderfully talented, big-hearted jazz cats! The quartet has performed for the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Jazz by the Bay in South San Francisco as well as at The Oak City Bar and Grill and countless private events in San Francisco and on the Peninsula.