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Dee Bell

“Dee’s voice is pure and tender, at times haunting. Her approach to the material is
straightforward and unpretentious. She takes you inside the lyrics, and you can almost hear
her smile.”
- Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle
The Music
Dee Bell’s debut album, Let There Be Love with Stan Getz on saxophone, and Eddie Duran (a
Benny Goodman Band graduate) on guitar, was released on the Concord Jazz label (CJ-206) as an
LP for Valentine’s Day 1983. The record also featured prominent Bay Area musicians Al Plank,
Vince Lateano, and Dean Reilly. Let There Be Love posted in the top ten in Radio and Records
jazz airplay charts in the spring of 1983. The follow-up recording in 1985 of One by One
(CJ-271), also on the Concord Jazz label, reached number 13 on the Radio and Records jazz
airplay charts in early summer 1985. This album featured trumpeter Tom Harrell along with
Duran and Plank, and other Bay Area jazz musicians. Let There Be Love was chosen as a
BillBoard Magazine “Recommended LP Jazz Pick in 1983. “ Bell was also nominated by
Downbeat Magazine in their Jazz Critic’s Poll for two consecutive years as “Talent Deserving
Wider Recognition.” BAM Magazine nominated Let There Be Love as the Best Debut Album
and One by One as Best Jazz Vocal Album, both in their release years. Bell has performed
nationally and internationally and has appeared at the Golden Globe Awards, the Russian
River Jazz Festival, the Jazz in the City Festival, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival to name a
few, as well as a wide variety of television, club and hotel performances.

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