VOCALIST & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Pianist, vocal coach, actress, composer, arranger, Dee is a singer who sings the story. 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.”
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 recorded with many ‘Legends of Jazz’ including Toots Thielemans, Houston Person, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Monty Alexander, John Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton, Hank Jones, Bill Mays, Dennis MacKrel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, and Russell Malone – to mention a few.
Career highlights include Dee being named Artistic Director, in September 2011, of the Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival – a camp dedicated to Jazz Vocals with around 60 participating schools; 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, Japan, throughout North America, and many countries within Europe.
Dee has been part of our local jazz scene since the late 1970s where she frequently performed at Edmonds C.C., Soundsation Jazz Camp and at this Festival. She has always been a favorite of students and directors. They kept requesting to have her come back because they loved how she cared about them and took a personal interest in each person to be the best they could be, no matter what they chose to do in life.
When looking for an Artistic Director for the DeMiero Jazz Fest a few years ago, our board members unanimously requested Dee.
We are honored to have Dee continue to serve as our Artistic Director and pleased to have her perform again as a featured guest artist.
For additional information about Dee, please visit her website.