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Dee Daniels

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.

About Me

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 community service. Visit www.deedaniels.com for complete bio.

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