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Dee Daniels

Resident Artist in Jazz Studies


Phone: 209.946.2415
Website: Dee Daniels Website

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Though Dee Daniels has a BA 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 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...

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.

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.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.