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November 25, 2007

Jazz Vocalist Dee Daniels Celebrates CD Release

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Dee Daniels
CD Release Celebration
Saturday, December 1
Cellar Jazz, Vancouver

Daniels’ Sixth Album Features Jazz Interpretations of Pop Standards

Jazz vocalist Dee Daniels celebrates the release of her latest CD,JAZZINIT at Cellar Jazz on Saturday, December 1st. The singer will be joined by her recording band for the performance, including Tony Foster (piano), Russ Botten (bass) and Greg Williamson (drums).

JAZZINIT (Origin Records 2007), features the singer’s interpretations of the songs of pop composers Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, James Taylor, Lionel Richie and Otis Redding, among others. The album is the sixth in the vocalists’ discography, with the previous five releases hitting the top of the jazz charts and showcasing the artist in a variety of settings.

Dee Daniels is known for her full-bodied four-octave range, warm stage presence and amazing versatility, covering blues, jazz, gospel and classical music, and fronting combos, big bands, and symphony orchestras.

As a child Daniels sang in her stepfather’s church choir, moving into the the R&B era and eventually relocating to Europe (1982-87), where she performed with such legends as Toots Theilemans, Johnny Griffin, Ed Thigpen, and Monty Alexander, to name a few. Other highlights while in Europe include singing with Sarah Vaughan in the Netherlands and Joe Williams in Germany.

Among her many credits, Dee has performed in eleven African countries, Australia, Colombia, Hong Kong and Japan, as well as in North America and many countries throughout Europe. She has cultivated a diverse career that has seen her on the theatre stage in the musical comedy, Wang Dang Doodle, and the starring role in the 2001 Calgary Stampede. Her ‘Great Ladies of Swing’ and ‘The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles’ Pops programs have toured with symphony orchestras across North America.

A respected vocal clinician and mentor, in 2001, she established the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship at the Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC. Also in 2001, she was the recipient of the FANS Award (a North Vancouver, BC Arts Council presentation); was nominated as Vocalist of the Year, and her Love Story CD was nominated for Best Jazz CD of the Year by West Coast Music Awards. In 2002 she was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and a plaque was installed on Vancouver’s Walk of Fame.

for more information visit www.deedaniels.com

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