Dr. Dee Daniels, an accomplished hidden jewel in the crown, passionately delivers timeless performances in multiple genres that include: jazz, blues, gospel, and her original compositions.
Dr. Dee Daniels, an accomplished hidden jewel in the crown, passionately
delivers timeless performances in multiple genres that include: jazz, blues,
gospel, and her original compositions. A sultry songsmith and master of
storytelling, she has performed for royalty and international dignitaries on
multiple occasions, and has an extensive list of international performances with
combos and big bands. She crossed the threshold of the classical world with the
creation of her fabulous Symphony Pops programs, “Great Ladies of Swing”, “The
Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles”, and “A Night Out with the Boys” and 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 vocal range to her potent, natural and unique
spin on every song she touches. Her international career includes performances
across Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, South America, Hong
Kong, Japan, twelve African countries, and throughout North America.
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: Benny Green, Houston Person, John Clayton,
Russell Malone, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Clark Terry, 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, Ben Riley, Dennis MacKrel, Steve
Davis, Martin Wind, Bucky Pizzarelli, Helen Sung, Christian McBride, David
Young, Neil Swainson and many more.
Dee Daniels is the Artistic Director for the west coast’s DeMiero Jazz Fest since
2011; the 2010 recipient of an Atlanta Theater’s Suzi Bass Award nomination;
the 2009 receipt of an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts and 2008
President’s Award, both from Capilano University; and a recipient of the
prestigious and most coveted Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her 2003 induction into the University of
Montana’s School of Fine Arts Hall of Honor, the 1997 University of Montana
Distinguished Alumni Award; the 2002 inductee into the BC Entertainment Hall
of Fame and member of Vancouver’s, Granville Street Walk of Fame are a
testament to her dedication to her musical career.
Dee has cultivated a diverse career that has also seen her on theatre stages
including the 2009 premiere of New York choreographer, Twyla Tharp’s, musical,
Come Fly Away, the critically acclaimed musical, Wang Dang Doodle at the Arts
Club in Vancouver, BC, as well as an inspirational speaker with a keynote
address being delivered at the 2009 Women’s CEO & Senior Management
Summit in Toronto, the BC Music Teachers Conference, and commencement
addresses at Capilano University.
An internationally respected vocal clinician, adjudicator and mentor, Dee
presents clinics, workshops, and master classes globally. She was on the faculty
of the vocal department of the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens
College (NY) 2013 - 2014. Also in 2013, she created the annual week-long Dee
Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop, and has been the donor for the Dee Daniels Jazz
Vocal Scholarship at the Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC since 2001.
She was the first artist to serve on the advisory board of the Lionel Hampton
International Jazz Festival (2002 - 2008), and has received several awards for
her contribution in the field of music performance, music education, and
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