Whether accompanying her self 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 - to mention a few.
Career highlights include: Teacher at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific (CA) 2019 to the present; Adjunct Professor Vocal Jazz Masters Program, Aaron Copeland School of Music, Queens College (NY) 2013 - 2014; Artistic Director of the DeMiero Jazz Festival - a festival dedicated to Jazz vocals only (WA) 2011 - 2017; nomination for the 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.
Dee's international career includes performances in twelve African countries, Australia, South America, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, throughout North America, and many countries within Western and Eastern Europe.
With the creation of her Symphony Pops programs, Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat and Natalie Cole, Great Ladies of Swing, Red, Hot and Blues, 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 has 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. She served on the President's Advisory Council of the 2016 -2018 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference. In 2017 she created the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship as part of the DeMiero Jazz Festival in Edmonds, WA. In 2013, she created the Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop, a weeklong workshop in Sitka, AK, was an adjudicator for YoungArts for five consecutive years. In 2001, she established the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship at the Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC and was a donor for 15 years. She was the first musician to serve 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, including compilation CDs.
Selected Performance History
In Concert With - Musicians:
Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Green, Houston Person, John Clayton, Russell Malone, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Barron, Bill Mays, Jeff Clayton, Benny Golson, Jeff Hamilton, Monty Alexander, Steve Wilson, Marvin Stamm, Lewis Nash, Kenny Washington, Norman Simmons, Ben Riley, Dennis MacKrel, Steve Davis, Martin Wind, Bucky Pizzarelli, Cyrus Chestnut, Helen Sung, Christian McBride, David Young, Alvin Queen, Aaron Diehl, Zack Brock, Alvester Garnett, Paul Beaudry, Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax, Don Thompson, Hassan Shakur, Talib Kibwe (TK Blue), Ray Drummond, Jerry and many, many more...
Special Performances With - Legends of the Past:
Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Dorothy Donegan, Lionel Hampton, Toots Thielemans, Sir Roland Hanna, Al Grey, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Elvin Jones, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Ed Thigpen, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Powell, Grady Tate, Hugh Fraser, Johnny Griffin, Clark Terry, Jimmy McGriff, Wild Bill Davies, Joe Newman, Kenny Drew Jr., Jimmy Woode, Herb Ellis, Al Cohn, and many more...
In Concert With - Orchestras and Big Bands:
The Boston Pops, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Detroit, Hartford, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Harrisburg, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Pensacola, Tucson, Oregon, Dallas, Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Florida, the Philly Pops, and many more in the U.S.A; The Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, The Berlin Film Orchestra, and The Munich Radio Orchestra, in Germany; The Metropole Orchestra, and The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, in The Netherlands; The Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Victoria, Calgary, and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestras, in Canada.
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Landes Jugend Hessen Jazz Orchestra, WDR Radio Big Band, and the Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra big bands, and many more…
"THE PROMISE" | BUY NOW
CD by Dee Daniels featuring musicians from both the US and Canada (Dee Daniels Music, 2019)
INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS | BUY NOW
CD by Dee Daniels, featuring Dee on vocals & piano, and the duo and trio pairings with Cyrus Chestnut, piano; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Houston Person, tenor sax; Ken Peplowski, Clarinet; Martin Wind, bass; Ted Brancato, keyboard; and Bob Kindred, tenor sax (Origin Records, 2014)
STATE OF THE ART | BUY NOW
CD by Dee Daniels, featuring Eric alexander, tenor sax; Cyrus Chestnut, piano; Paul Beaudry, bass; and Alvester Garnett, drums (Criss Cross Jazz Records, 2013)
INTIMATE ELLINGTON: BALLADS AND BLUES
CD by Wycliffe Gordon, featuring Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, trumpet, soprano trombone, vocals; Dee Daniels, vocals; Adrian Cunningham, tenor & soprano sax, clarinet; Zack Brock, violin; Aaron Diehl, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Alvin Atkinson, drums (Criss Cross Jazz Records, 2012)
JAZZ DIVA SERIES - DEE DANIELS
A 30 song compilation CD created with selections from Let's Talk Business, Love Story, Feels SO Good, and Jazzinit (EQ Music Pte Ltd, Singapore 2011)
JAZZINIT | BUY NOW
CD by Dee Daniels, featuring Russ Botten, bass; Greg Williamson, drums; and Tony Foster, piano (Origin Records, 2007)
DEE DANIELS LIVE AT BIBLO | BUY NOW
DVD by Dee Daniels, featuring Jack van Poll, piano; Hein Van de Geyn, Bass; Hans van Oosterhout, drums (Challenge Jazz, 2006)
SACRED MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON
CD with Dee Daniels, the Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Oregon Repertory Singers, and vocalists James Caddell and Nichol Eskridge (Origin Records 2006)
CD with Dee Daniels, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Le Courage Vocal Ensemble, Jiggs Whigham, Expression 88, the Frankfurt German-American Community Choir, and the Landesjugend Jazzorchester Hessen (Click Records, 2005)
CROSSOVER XMAS - THE SOUND GOES BIG
CD with Dee Daniels, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Le Courage Vocal Ensemble, Expression 88, the Frankfurt German-American Community Choir, and the Landesjugend Jazzorchester Hessen (Click Records, 2007)
FIRST NAME BASIS and SWINGIN’ AFFAIR
CDs by Gabriel Mark Hasselbach with guest artist, Dee Daniels (Wind Tunnel Music, 2006)
FEELS SO GOOD! | BUY NOW
CD by Dee Daniels, featuring: Houston Person, tenor sax; Benny Powell, trombone; John Clayton Jr., bass; Norman Simmons, piano; and Kenny Washington, drums. (Three X D Music, 2002)
LOVE STORY | BUY NOW
CD by Dee Daniels, featuring Houston Person, tenor sax and the Miles Black Trio; Miles Black, piano; Blaine Wikjord, drums; Darren Radtke, bass with appearances by Miles Hill, bass and Finn Manniche, cello. (Three X D Music, 2000). The 2001 PMIA (Pacific Music Industry Association) nominee for “Best Jazz Release”, and “Female Artist of the Year.”
HOLIDAY POPS WITH THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY
CD by the VSO with guest artist, Dee Daniels (VSO Records, 2000)
WISH ME LOVE | BUY NOW
CD recorded live in the studio by Dee Daniels with the Metropole Orchestra of Holland. (Mons Records, 1996) 1997 PMIA (Pacific Music Industry Association) nominee for “Female Vocalist of the Year.”
DRIP SOME GREASE
CD by Three Of A Kind, with guest artists Dee Daniels and Benny Golson (Minor Music Records, Germany, 1995)
CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE SWINGIN’ KIND
CD by the Johan Clement Trio with guest artist Dee Daniels. (Timeless Records, Holland, 1991)
LET’S TALK BUSINESS | BUY NOW
CD by Dee Daniels, with Larry Fuller, piano; John Clayton, bass; Jeff Hamilton, drums; Jeff Clayton, sax. (Capri Records, 1990). 1991 NAMA (Northwest Area Music Awards) nominee for “Best Blues CD.”
THE MUSIC MADE ME SING IT
Album by Dee Daniels and the Monty Alexander Trio; Monty Alexander, piano; John Clayton, bass; Jeff Hamilton, drums. (Cobra Records, Belgium, 1987)
ALL OF ME
CD by Dee Daniels and the Jack van Poll Tree-Oh, (September Records, Belgium, 1984. Re-released in 1991) And several other guest appearances and compilation CDs...