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March 30, 2008

Jazz Vocalist Dee Daniels at the Yardbird

Written by
cindy mcleod

Dee Daniels
Fri & Sat, April 11 & 12
Yardbird Suite, Edmonton

Gifted Vocalist Sings Jazz, Classical and R&B With Equal Finesse

One of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists will be performing in the province when Vancouver-based Dee Daniels appears at the Yardbird Suite Friday & Saturday, April 11 & 12. Daniels will be joined by with Edmonton pianist Chris Andrew and his trio, with Mike Lent (bass) and Sandro Dominelli (drums).

Well-known in jazz, gospel and R&B circles, vocalist Dee Daniels offers up her four-octave range for an evening of top-drawer jazz with Edmonton’s finest. The talented artist is also in great demand in the classical world.

With a style born in her childhood church choir in Oakland, California, Daniels first made a name for herself in the R&B world before leaving for Europe, where she spent five years during the 80s, performing with such jazz legends as Toots Thielemans, Johnny Griffin, Ed Thigpen, and Monty Alexander to a few.

Her time in Europe was highlighted when she had the opportunity to sing with the late, divine Sarah Vaughan in The Netherlands, and with the late great Joe Williams in Germany.

Dee’s international career includes performances in eleven African countries, Australia, Colombia, Hong Kong and Japan, as well as in North America and many countries throughout Europe. She has also established herself as a jazz vocalist in demand by the classical music world. She performs her Great Ladies of Swing and The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles POPS programs with symphony orchestras across Canada and the USA.

Daniel’s latest CD release Jazzinit (Origin Records) was chosen by Geoff Chapman of Coda Magazine as one of his “Top Tens of 2007”. The album features her contemporary jazz takes on pop & R&B hits from the 1950s-80s including the Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin classic Respect, Can’t Hide Love by Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder’s Another Star, as well as songs written by the Doobie Brothers, Lionel Richie, James Taylor and Elvis Presley.

for more info visit www.deedaniels.com

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