Daniels’ voice has a hypnotic quality, delivering an impressive range that gives the romantic songs and verse of 50 years ago new life and raw emotion. show more bio
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DEE DANIELS’ MUSICAL CAREER IS AS VARIED AS HER FOUR-OCTAVE VOCAL RANGE IS THRILLING.

Dee Daniels

Whether accompanying herself at the piano, fronting a trio, big band, or symphony, Dee Daniels’ musical career is as varied as her four-octave vocal range is thrilling. She is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring, to the stage. One critic says, “Daniels’ voice has a hypnotic quality, delivering an impressive range that gives the romantic songs and verse of 50 years ago new life and raw emotion.”

Though Dee has a B.A. Degree in Art Education and taught high school art for a year in Seattle, she quickly realized that her true calling was music. Her vocal style was born in her stepfather’s church choir in Oakland, California, refined through the R&B era, polished during a five-year stay in The Netherlands and Belgium from 1982 to 1987, and brought to full fruition upon her return to North America. During those years to the present, she has performed and/or recorded with many ‘Legends of Jazz’ including 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, Joe Williams, and Sarah Vaughan - to mention but a few.

Career highlights include: a 2016 appointment to the JEN (Jazz Education Network) Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor at Queens College (NY) 2013 - 2014, Artistic Director of the DeMiero Jazz Festival since 2011; a nomination for Atlanta Theater’s 2010 Suzi Bass Award; the 2009 receipt of an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts and 2008 President’s Award, both from Capilano University; 2003 recipient of the prestigious Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and induction into the University of Montana’s School of Fine Arts Hall of Honor as well as a 1997 University of Montana Distinguished Alumni Award; a 2002 inductee into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame with a plaque installed on Vancouver’s Granville Street Walk of Fame; and a command performance for the King and Queen of Belgium’s 25th Wedding Anniversary. Her international career includes performances in twelve African countries, Australia, South America, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Russia, India, Japan, throughout North America, and many countries within Europe.

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 new musical, Come Fly Away, and as an inspirational speaker with a keynote address being delivered at the 2009 Women’s CEO & Senior Management Summit in Toronto.

With the creation of her Symphony Pops programs, Great Ladies of Swing, The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles, and A Night Out With the Boys, Dee has enjoyed sharing stages with symphony orchestras across the USA and Canada. She’s very excited to debut her brand new Pops shows The Great American Swing Book and Holiday Celebration in the coming season. She has also toured with the Nord Netherlands Symphony Orchestra; performed Songs From Disney Movies with the Munich Radio Orchestra; recorded her Wish Me Love CD with The Metropole Orchestra of Holland; and recorded the Holiday Pops CD with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She is the guest vocalist on the 2006 Crossover Xmas and the 2007 Crossover Xmas: The Sound Goes Big CDs recorded with the Philharmonie Baden-Baden of Germany.

A respected vocal clinician, adjudicator and mentor, Dee presents clinics, workshops and master classes around the world. In 2013, she created the Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop, a weeklong workshop in Sitka, AK. From 2001 - 2016, she was the creator and donor for the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship at the Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. In 2016 she established the second Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship, affiliated with the DeMiero Jazz Fest in Edmonds, WA. She served on the Advisory Board of the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival from 2002 - 2008, and has received several awards for her contribution in the field of music performance, music education and community service.

Dee has several CDs as a leader to her credit, in addition to being a guest artist on CDs of other artists, as well as many compilation CDs internationally. Visit www.deedaniels.com for further information.