Daphna Levy was born and raised in Tel Aviv. Descending from a cantor lineage and a member of the Levy ancient tribe of spiritually elated musicians, she grew up with a deep passion for music. At the age of ten, attending a Gospel choir live concert made her realize that singing was her calling.
Throughout the years, Daphna has appeared at various jazz festivals and concert halls in Europe and North America. She has been the lead singer with Hed Big Band for two decades. Her music is broadcast on various radio stations.
Daphna is also a composer, arranger, and experienced vocal jazz teacher. She holds an MA degree in Far Eastern philosophy. Her musicianship is guided by the spiritual freedom that meditation creates. “For me," she says, "jazz is a kind of Tao - a route created while walking. It's a way of feeling connected and touching people; a journey of self-expression.”
Daphna began her musical pursuit as a classical music student playing upright bass and later on as the lead singer with the army big band. She studied theater as well as jazz piano and meditation and is proud to have been a student of renowned voice teacher Mr. Seth Riggs (Los Angeles, CA).
Daphna performed at many jazz clubs, including Smoke in NYC, The Baked Potato in L.A. as well as others throughout the west coast, and gave concerts at temples and Evangelical churches in Texas, Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma.
Daphna's album Late Night Journey features highly acclaimed tenor sax player Lew Tabackin. The album was recorded in Tel Aviv and NYC with an international band of musicians from the US, Israel, and Europe.
'Daphna & The ClassiCats' jazz quartet reveals her fascination with exploring the crossover potential of different music genres.