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Lori Bell

An award winning flutist of admirable depth and broad musical sympathies whose recordings and live performances over the years have set new and higher standards in contemporary jazz and classical music, Lori Bell paid heartfelt tribute to her family and birthplace on her critically acclaimed 2016 album Brooklyn Dreaming.

A longtime resident and innovative cultural presence in San Diego, Lori paid special homage to her parents whose musical passions and talents gave rise to her own. Her father was a big band lead trumpet player in NYC for over 30 years and her mother played the accordion with a great ear for both jazz and classical music. Growing up, she was influenced by the traditional music of her Jewish culture and a wide range of musical legends from violinist Jascha Heifetz, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, and guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Brooklyn Dreaming, Lori’s ninth solo album, was an across the board critical smash, earning four star ratings from Jazz Journal, Jazz Times and the Los Angeles Times (four and a half stars) and Downbeat, which chose it as one of their “Top CD’s of 2016.” Huffington Post also chose Brooklyn Dreaming for their Best of 2016 List. Bill Milkowski wrote in the March 2016 issue of Downbeat: “Bell flaunts prodigious chops on both C flute and alto flute, though her pen might be mightier than her sword. Her originals all reveal a wide harmonic palette, a sophisticated rhythmic sensibility and a refined sense of dynamics, along with an urge to swing.” Veteran jazz critic Scott Yanow chose it as one of his Top 25 Best CD’s of 2016.

Brooklyn Dreaming also earned Lori her third honor from the Global Music Awards, for Outstanding Achievement for album and composition. In 2011, she received the competition’s Award of Excellence for her depth of playing, composing and arranging for her self-titled debut album Lori Bell. She followed that in 2014 with the Gold Medal Award for her composition “Une Chanson Pour Claude” from her album Night Soliloquy. A showcase for musical gems and unique voices, the Global Music Awards is a top tier music competition that honors talented musicians around the world.

Prior to releasing her solo debut album Lori Bell in 2002, the flutist recorded three previous works as part of different group settings, including Love Will Win (featuring pianist Dave Mackay and bassist Andy Simpkins), Take Me To Brazil and Interplay (featuring Mackay and guitarist/vocalist Ron Satterfield. Her discography includes Interplay Live at the New York Grill, the Lori Bell Trio date Higher Standards and The Music of Djavan (featuring pianist Tamir Handelman). Lori and Ron Satterfield are currently recording a duo album called blue(s) set for release later in 2017.

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"Bell's playing on C flute and the lower, darker-sounding alto flute is gorgeous, filled with light and air on ballads. Briskly inventive on her bop tinged improvisations". - Los Angeles Times "One of the finest flute virtuoso's of our time". - Latin Network "It's hard to imagine a more synergistic gathering of virtuosity, freedom and the sheer joy of musical conversation". - Bird Magazine

"Brooklyn Dreaming" is going to be recognised as the standard for a flute-led album." - Raul da Gama

Primary Instrument



San Diego

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Lori Bell is an Instructor of Flute at San Diego State University in Classical Technique and Jazz Improvisation. She is currently accepting students privately and through San Diego State University.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Ms. Bell has over 20 years of worldwide teaching experience and concentrates on classical technique, jazz improvisation, theory & harmony. She specializes in imagery concepts - a technique that can help free the flutist of technical difficulties in tone production, projection and color-to more fully develop expression while overcoming common interpretive constraints and obstacles

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Isn't It Romantic

Arden House Music


Close Your Eyes:...

Tacet Records



Self Produced


Brooklyn Dreaming

Self Produced


The Music Of Djavan

Resonance Records


Higher Standards

Beezwax Records


Bell's Blues

From: blue(s)
By Lori Bell

All Blues

From: blue(s)
By Lori Bell

A Dog on Coney

From: Brooklyn Dreaming
By Lori Bell



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