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Dee Bell

Born: July 16, 1950    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Dee Bell

Dee Bell (born July 16, 1950, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American jazz singer who recorded two albums on the Concord Jazz label in 1983 & 1985 with musicians Stan Getz, Eddie Duran, Tom Harrell and Al Plank.

Recordings and performances

Her debut album, Let There Be Love, with Stan Getz on saxophone and Eddie Duran (a Benny Goodman Band graduate) on guitar, was released on the Concord Jazz label (CJ-206) as an LP for Valentine's Day 1983. The record also featured prominent Bay Area musicians Al Plank, Vince Lateano, and Dean Reilly. This album was posted in the top ten in Radio and Records jazz airplay charts in the spring of 1983. Her follow-up recording in 1985 of One by One (CJ-271), also on the Concord Jazz label, reached number 13 on the Radio and Records jazz airplay charts in early summer 1985. This album featured trumpeter Tom Harrell along with Duran and Plank, and other Bay Area jazz musicians. Let There Be Love was chosen as a BillBoard Magazine Recommended LP Jazz Pick in their March 26, 1983 issue. Bell was also nominated by Down beat magazine in their Jazz Critic's Poll of 1984 and 1985 as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition”. BAM Magazine nominated Let There Be Love as the Best Debut Album in their 1983 Awards. In August of 2011, Bell released Sagacious Grace, dedicated to the memory of the late pianist, Al Plank. Along with Al Plank, it features Houston Person, John Stowell, Michael Spiro, Colin Bailey and John Wiitala....
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Downbeat "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" two consecutive years: 1984, 1985, BAMMY Awards "New vocal album of 1983", Top ten in Pick of the Week on Billboard Magazine, Both albums in the top twenty in National Jazz Airplay.
Critical reception

Leonard Feather of the Los Angeles Times wrote in a 1985 article that “Bell has a haunting, jazz-infected sound, her diction and phrasing flawless.” Jay Roebuck at the Orange County Register chose One by One as the third best album of 1985, stating that “Dee Bell sings with a beautiful, clear voice that brings to mind Jackie Cain with just a touch of Chris Connor here and there. It's a pleasant combination,and she definitely has style of her own.” In the British Jazz Journal, Derrick-Stewart Baxter also wrote in 1985 that “Dee Bell is more than just a good professional. She knows just how to bring the best out in a song. She does her own thing, lazy, hazy smoky singing.”

* 2014, Silva • Bell • Elation, Laser Records, LLC, 0716 * 2011, Sagacious Grace, Jazz, Laser Records, LLC, 0708 * 1985, One by One, Jazz, Concord Jazz, CJ271 * 1983, Let There be Love, Jazz, Concord Jazz, CJ206

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