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.