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Dee Daniels

Dee Daniels is an accomplished vocalist and musician's musician who passionately delivers timeless performances in multiple genres that include: jazz, blues, gospel, and her original compositions. Her newest CD, The Promise, has garnered awards in multiple categories from the Global Music Awards, and Spiritual Artist of the Year from the Western Canada Music Awards. A sultry songsmith and master of storytelling, she has performed for royalty and international dignitaries on multiple occasions and has an extensive list of performances with combos and big bands. Her international career includes performances across Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, South America, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Egypt, twelve African countries, and throughout North America.

She crossed the threshold of the classical world with the creation of her spellbinding Symphony Pops programs, “Great Ladies of Swing”, “The Great American Swing Book”, "A Night Out With The Boys", ” The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles”, and "Red, Hot, and Blues". She shares a successful Pops program with Juno Award winner, Denzal Sinclair, entitled "Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat and Natalie Cole". Dee has performed and recorded with orchestras throughout North America and abroad. In addition to her accredited presence and magnetic prowess on keys, Daniels adds a spellbinding four- octave plus vocal range to her potent, natural, and unique spin on every song she touches.

Her vocal style was born deep in the gospel roots of her stepfather’s Baptist church choir in Oakland, California, refined through the R&B era, and smoothly polished during a five-year stay in The Netherlands and Belgium from 1982 to 1987. Dee Daniels has performed and/or recorded with the who’s who of the Jazz world including Jazz legends: Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Claudio Roditti, Benny Green, Houston Person, John Clayton, Russell Malone, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Barron, Bill Mays, Jeff Clayton, Benny Golson, Grady Tate, Toots Thielemans, Jeff Hamilton, Monty Alexander, Steve Wilson, Marvin Stamm, Lewis Nash, Kenny Washington, Norman Simmons, Hank and Elvin Jones, Dennis Mackrel, Martin Wind, Bucky Pizzarelli, Helen Sung, Christian McBride, David Young, Neil Swainson Dave Stryker, Bruce Forman, Victor Lewis, and many, many more.

Dee was 2020/21 winner of the Western Canada Music Awards Spiritual Artist of the Year for her latest CD release, The Promise. In 2020 the National Congress of Black Women of Canada honoured Dee with a Legacy Award; in 2010 she received a nomination for an Atlanta Theater’s Suzi Bass Award; in 2009 received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts and the 2008 President’s Award, both from Capilano University; a recipient of the prestigious and most coveted Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 2003 saw her induction into the University of Montana’s School of Fine Arts Hall of Honor; a 1997 University of Montana Distinguished Alumni Award; a 2002 induction into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame and member of Vancouver’s Granville Street Walk of Fame are a testament to her dedication to music.

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"Dee is queen of all that she musically surveys."

“Dee is a musical force that lifts her audience into the spheres of true entertainment”

“She has a great sense for the interpretation, preservation, and continued promotion of the best that jazz and swing offered in its finest hour”

“The gorgeous ballad ended with a high note the likes of which I don't think I've ever heard. Daniels held that note until it was thin as ribbon, then fattened it out and pulled it down into the lowlands. That's jazz!”

“Daniels is effortless and fluid in reaches that defy other singers”

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

Vancouver

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Dr. Dee Daniels, Vocal Clinician Email: [email protected] A consummate jazz, blues, and gospel vocalist of the highest caliber, Dr. Dee Daniels performs globally in diverse performance settings and is a vocal educator, mentor, recording artist, composer, and inspirational speaker of note. As a vocal clinician, Dr. Dee’s clinics, workshops, and masterclasses are geared specifically towards the jazz vocalist, but the information presented is applicable to any non- classical genre and/or vocal style. (Instrumentalists also attend her workshops as many of the topics presented are applicable to instrumental expression.) A supportive, interactive, and hands-on environment is immediately created where participants feel comfortable and safe as they are guided out of their “comfort zones” and encouraged to try new ideas. A multitude of topics are structured to lead participants on a journey of exploration that results in increased vocal and performance skills. All the ingredients of what it takes to become the consummate vocalist are explored. SELECTED EDUCATIONAL POSTINGS • Vocal Jazz Teacher at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific (2019 - Present), CA • President’s Advisory Council - Jazz Education Network (2016 - 2018) • Adjudicator - National YoungArts Foundation (2012 - present), Washington, DC • Artistic Director - DeMiero Jazz Festival (2011 - 2017, an all-vocal jazz performance & education festival), WA • Adjunct Professor Vocal Jazz Masters Program, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College (2013 - 2014), NY • Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop (2013 & 2014, week-long vocal workshops), Sitka, AK • Vocal Faculty at the Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Workshop & Festival (multiple times), WA • Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Advisory Board, University of Idaho (2002 - 2008) SELECTED CLINIC LOCATIONS • JEN Conferences (Jazz Education Network) • Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop (Sitka, Alaska) • Aaron Copeland School of Music, Queens College (New York) • Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (Idaho) • Port Townsend Jazz Festival & Workshop; Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival (Washington) • Royal Conservatories of The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, and Utrecht (The Netherlands) • Cologne Music Conservatory (Germany) • Capilano University; Phil Dwyer Jazz Vocal Camp (Vancouver, BC) • University of the Pacific and Brubeck Institute (California) • And more...

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Jazzinit

OA2 Records
2007

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The Thought of You

From: Jazzinit
By Dee Daniels

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