Dr. Dee Daniels is an accomplished vocalist and musician's musician who passionately delivers timeless performances in multiple genres that include: jazz, blues, gospel, and her original compositions. A sultry songsmith and master of storytelling, she has performed for royalty and international dignitaries on multiple occasions, and has an extensive list of performances with combos and big bands. Her international career includes performances across Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, South America, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Egypt, twelve African countries, and throughout the United States and Canada.
She crossed the threshold of the classical world with the creation of her spellbinding Symphony Pops programs, “Great Ladies of Swing”, “The Great American Swing Book”, "A Night Out With The Boys", ”The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles”, and "Red, Hot, and Blues". She shares a successful Pops program with Juno Award winner, Denzal Sinclaire, entitled "Unforgettable: The Music of Nat and Natalie Cole". Dee has performed and recorded with orchestras throughout North America and abroad. In addition to her accredited presence and magnetic prowess on keys, Daniels adds a spellbinding four octave plus vocal range to her potent, natural and unique spin on every song she touches.
Her vocal style was born deep in the gospel roots of her stepfather’s Baptist church choir in Oakland, California, refined through the R&B era, and smoothly polished during a five-year stay in The Netherlands and Belgium from 1982 to 1987. Dee Daniels has performed and/or recorded with the who’s who of the Jazz world including Jazz legends: Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Claudio Roditti, Benny Green, Houston Person, John Clayton, Russell Malone, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, 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, Hank and Elvin Jones, Dennis Mackrel, Martin Wind, Bucky Pizzarelli, Helen Sung, Christian McBride, David Young, Neil Swainson, Dave Stryker, Bruce Forman, Victor Lewis, and many, many more.
In 2020 the National Congress of Black Women of Canada honoured Dee with a Legacy Award; in 2010 she received a nomination for an Atlanta Theater Suzi Bass Award; in 2008 she received the President’s Award from Capilano University and in 2009 became the first recipient of the University's Honorary Doctorate Degree (Fine Arts); in 2003 she was a recipient of the prestigious and most coveted Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The same year saw her induction into the University of Montana’s School of Fine Arts Hall of Honor (in 1997 the University honoured her with a Distinguished Alumni Award); 2002 induction into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame and member of Vancouver’s Granville Street Walk of Fame are a testament to her dedication to music.
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, musical, Come Fly Away, and the critically acclaimed musical, Wang Dang Doodle at the Arts Club in Vancouver, BC. She is an inspirational speaker with keynote addresses being delivered at the Women’s CEO & Senior Management Summit in Toronto, the British Columbia Music Teachers Conference, commencement addresses at Capilano University, and many more.
An internationally respected vocal clinician, adjudicator and mentor, Dee presents clinics, workshops, and master classes globally. She is a firm believer in mentorship and "giving back". In 2001 she created the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship at Capilano University and in 2017 after fifteen years moved it to the DeMiero Jazz Festival in Edmonds, WA. In 2023 she created a second scholarship through JEN (Jazz Education Network. From 2019 - 2020 she was on 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 2017; she was on the faculty of the vocal department of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (NY) 2013 - 2014. In 2013, she created the week-long Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop Camp at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. 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.
Dee has several CDs as a leader to her credit in addition to being a guest artist on CDs of other artists, and on compilation CDs internationally. Her latest release, Let It Shine! Let It Shine! (2023) has garnered her a nomination for a 2023 Western Canada Music Awards Spiritual Artist of the Year. Her critically acclaimed 2021 CD release, The Promise, won her the POP Awards Album of the Year (Germany), the Western Canada Music Awards Spiritual Artist of the Year, Global Music Awards, Jazziz Editor's Choice Top 10 of the Month to name a few. Visit www.deedaniels.com for further information.
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Dee Daniels is a jazz vocalist with a unique sound, steeped in the art of storytelling through song. Performing a mix of standards, blues, gospel, and original compositions, all with interesting and unique arrangements, she transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring to the stage.
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With a palpable authenticity, towering four-octave range, and a powerful blues and gospel-tinged jazz vocal approach, Dee Daniels has built a sterling reputation amongst jazz fans and critics around the world for over four decades. Well represented throughout her career in performances and recordings with such jazz luminaries as Monty Alexander, Russell Malone, Cyrus Chestnut, Houston Person, John Clayton, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Barron, to mention a few, she has also performed and/or recorded with symphony orchestras and big bands globally. Learn more about Dee at www.deedaniels.com
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Dee Daniels is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring, to the stage. She performs and records globally with symphony orchestras, big bands, combos, and with numerous jazz legends including Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Alexander, Ken Peplowski, and Russell Malone. Dee has 15 CDs as a leader to her credit, including her latest release, Let It Shine! Let It Shine!, in duo with Juno-nominated vocalist Denzal Sinclaire and 2021 multi-award winning and critically acclaimed CD, The Promise. Her 2013 release, State of the Art, on Criss Cross Jazz Records which made her the first vocalist and female leader in the label’s 40+ year history. Visit www.deedaniels.com for detailed information about Dee’s extensive career.
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With a palpable authenticity, towering five-octave range, a powerful blues and gospel-tinged jazz vocal approach, Dee Daniels has built a sterling reputation amongst jazz fans and critics around the world for over four decades. One critic says, “Daniels is effortless and fluid in reaches that defy other singers. Her voice is so enchanting that the words she sings almost don’t matter. She embodies the music, the sound becomes flesh.” Dee has 15 CDs as a leader and has performed and/or recorded with the who’s who of the Jazz world including Jazz legends, both past and present. The list includes Benny Green, Houston Person, Russell Malone, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Barron, Toots Thielemans, Hank and Elvin Jones, Monty Alexander, Lionel Hampton, and Herb Ellis. She is the recipient of many awards in music, education, and community services. Her awards include the 2022 Pop Award (Germany) for Album of the Year; Legacy Award from the National Congress of Black Women Foundation; Western Canadian Music Award; Global Music Award; the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame; and a 2009 Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts.
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Dee Daniels is a crowd pleaser and a musician’s musician. Whether accompanying herself at the piano, fronting a trio, big band or symphony, she is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavouring, to the stage.
The stepdaughter of a Baptist minister, Dee was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Though she graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education, music was always a big part of her life. However, she didn’t discover her true calling to it until after teaching art in a Seattle high school for a year. She then joined a band, resigned her teaching position, and the rest is history!
She has since traveled the world with her music. She has shared the stage and/or recorded with numerous legends of jazz including Houston Person, Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Russell Malone, Cyrus Chestnut, Ken Peplowski, and Lewis Nash to mention a few. Her diverse career has seen her in clubs, on festivals, prestigious music halls around the world, theater stages, television and radio, performances for royalty and international dignitaries, and on many recordings as leader or guest.
Dee has also established herself as a jazz vocalist in demand by the classical world, performing her five symphonic Pops programs with orchestras in the US, Canada, and Europe. Many organizations and institutions in and out of the music industry have recognized Dee with awards for her contributions in music, education, and community service.