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Tulivu-Donna Lynn Cumberbatch, daughter of Harold Cumberbatch (a baritone saxophone player), is a jazz singer from Brooklyn, and has been compared to Bessie Smith, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn, Gloria Lynn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Aretha Franklin in terms of her singing ability.
Cumberbatch participated in church and school choirs, specifically the All City High School Chorus as a child, then studied formally at Herbert H. Lehman College. After training, she began her solo career, influenced by such artists as Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nancy Wilson. Eventually, she was joined by a band of three called "The Magnificent Trio," which consisted of Mark Johnson, Donald Smith, and Rachiim Ausar-Sahu.
In live performances, when not performing with her Trio, Cumberbatch has sung with Hannibal Peterson, Kimati Dinizulu and the Kotoko Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Diedre Murray, the Kronos Quartet, Akyenee Baako and Drumsong Productions, The Hank Doughty/Ray Abrams Big Band and The Cliff Smalls Septet, among others. She has performed in the Caribbean, Europe and Canada, and frequently at jazz clubs and festivals in Brooklyn and New York.
She gained additional recognition for work with composer Yoko Kanno on songs for her solo album Song to Fly, and her Cowboy Bebop soundtracks. Cumberbatch also recorded with another acclaimed composer, Yuki Kajiura, doing a jazz rendition of the Noir song Lullaby for Kajiura's solo album Fiction. (This is the third time that Kajiura's composition Lullaby had been recorded: the first time by Yuriko Kaida, and the second time by voice actress Tarako.)
- Harmony (1990)
- Lullabies in the Key of Life ~ For the Child in All of Us (1997)
- Daughters of the Nile (1999)
- In the Company of You [Single] (1999)
- Spirit Within Us / Andrei Strobert (1993)
- Universal Dancer / Masujaa: The X Factor (1994)
- Springboard / Lucy Galligher (1995)
- Cowboy Bebop: Original TV Soundtrack 2- "No Disc" / The Seatbelts (1998)
- Cowboy Bebop: Original TV Soundtrack 3- "Blue" / The Seatbelts (1998)
- Song to Fly / Yoko Kanno (1998)
- Brooklyn Bebop: The Brooklyn Four Plus One / Cecil Payne (1999)
- Cowboy Bebop: BOX SET / The Seatbelts (2001)
- Passport to Brooklyn / Brooklyn Reportory Ensemble (2002)
- Fiction / Yuki Kajiura (2003)
- For My Brothers / Dwight Carson (2003)
- Cowboy Bebop: Tank! The! Best! / The Seatbelts (2004)