Intention to inspire
Dee Daniels, an accomplished vocalist and musician's musician, passionately delivers timeless performances in multiple genres that include: jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, as well as her original compositions. A sultry songsmith and master of storytelling, she has performed for royalty and international dignitaries on multiple occasions. She's been well represented throughout her career in performances and recordings with such jazz luminaries (past and present) as Monty Alexander, Russell Malone, Cyrus Chestnut, Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Clayton, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Barron, Hank and Elvin Jones, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Dave Stryker, Herb Ellis, Lionel Hampton, and Bill Charlap to mention a few. She crossed the threshold of the classical world with the creation of her fabulous Symphony Pops programs, “Great Ladies of Swing”, “The Great American Swing Book”, "A Night Out with the Boys", "Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat and Natalie Cole", and "The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles". She has performed and recorded with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. In addition to her accredited presence and magnetic prowess on keys, Daniels adds a spellbinding four-octave vocal range to her potent, natural and unique spin on her music. Her international career includes performances across Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, South America, Hong Kong, Japan, India, twelve African countries, and throughout Canada and the United States.
An internationally respected vocal clinician, adjudicator and mentor, Dee presents clinics, workshops, and master classes globally. In 2019 she joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific (CA); served on the President's Advisory Council for the Jazz Education Network (JEN) from 2016 - 2018; was Artistic Director for the west coast’s DeMiero Jazz Fest from 2011 to 2018 where she created the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship awarded annually at the festival in 2017; was on the faculty of the vocal department of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (NY) 2013 - 2014. Also in 2013 to 2015, she created a week-long Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop at the Sitka (Alaska) Fine Arts Camp; from 2001 through 2017, she was the creator and donor for the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship at the Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. She was the first artist to serve on the advisory board of the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (2002 - 2008), and has received several awards for her contribution in the field of music performance, music education, and community service. Learn more about Dee at www.deedaniels.com
DEE DANIELS - ONE OF MY GREATEST MENTORS
LIZZ WRIGHT, VOCALIST
DEE IS BEYOND CATEGORY. SHE HAS THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF SOMEONE WITH CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE, HER GOSPEL INFLUENCE LEAPS AT YOU FROM HER SOUL, HER JAZZ SWINGS...IN CONCERT SHE IS SCINTILLATING!
JOHN CLAYTON, BASSIST, ARRANGER,
CO-DIRECTOR OF THE CLAYTON-HAMILTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA
WHAT A DIFFERENCE THOSE FEW HOURS OF THE WORKSHOP HAVE MADE IN ME...AT A RECENT CONCERT, I NO LONGER FELT I NEEDED TO "PROVE" MYSELF TO THE AUDIENCE, BUT RATHER I WAS THERE TO CONNECT WITH THEM THROUGH THE MUSIC. I HAD NEVER BEEN THAT CALM IN FRONT OF SUCH A BIG CROWD WHEN THE TIME CAME...VOCALLY, I USED YOUR "ROSE BREATH" AND "NUMBERED ACTIVATION" PHILOSOPHY AND TECHNIQUE AND...THEY HELPED ME TREMENDOUSLY. I HAVE NEVER FELT MORE CONFIDENT.
D'ARCY, VANCOUVER WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT