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.
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
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.
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