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Love Story

by Dee Daniels

A collection of ten jazz standards that take a look at one love story from beginning to end. Each song is an integral chapter rendered only as Dee can.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Skylark
4:48 album only
2. I Could Have Danced All Night
4:34 album only
3. Tenderly
5:09 album only
4. Let's Fall In Love
3:55 album only
5. My Romance
4:40 album only
6. The Masquerade Is Over
5:48 album only
7. What Is This Thing Called Love
4:25 album only
8. I'll Be Seeing You
4:58 album only
9. There'll Be Some Changes Made
4:11 album only
10. That's Life
5:05 album only


Album Notes

Dee Daniels offers the jazz aficionado an ultimate treat - jazz served up with full-bodied silky tones that soar to the height and captures the depth of her four-octave range.

She has a warm presence and performance ability in everything from fronting combos in intimate Jazz clubs, to fronting big bands or symphony orchestras in concert halls. When she accompanies herself on piano with exceptional ease and artistry, it is to the great enjoyment of her audiences.

Daniels' style was born in her stepfather's church choir in Oakland, California, honed through the R&B era and brought to full fruition during a five-year stay in Europe from 1982 to 1987. During those years, she had many wonderful opportunities to perform with such 'Legends of Jazz' as Toots Theilemans, Johnny Griffin, Ed Thigpen, and Monty Alexander to name but a few. Two other personal highlights while in Europe include having had the opportunity of singing the Blues with the late, divine Sarah Vaughan in The Netherlands, and singing Gospel with the late great Joe Williams in Germany.

Dee's international career includes performances in eleven African countries, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan, as well as in North America and several countries throughout Europe. She has cultivated a diverse career that has seen her on the theater stage in the musical comedy, "Wang Dang Doodle" and the starring role in the 2001 "Calgary Stampede". She has also established herself as a Jazz vocalist in demand by the classical music world. She performs her 'Great Ladies of Swing' Symphonic Pops program with symphony orchestras across the United States and Canada.

A respected clinician, Dee sincerely believes in sharing her knowledge and experience with young singers/musicians. 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'. In 2003 she received the prestigious 'Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II', and was inducted into the University of Montana's School of Fine arts 'Hall of Honor'.

Dee is honored to serve on the Advisory Board of the Lionel Hampton Center Initiative. Visit her on her website at



Kobe Jazz Street Festival, Japan
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, USA
Rhinegau Musik Festival, Germany
DuMaurier Jazz Festival, Canada
Sarasota Jazz Festival, USA, and more...

Spain * Sicily * Switzerland * Netherlands * United States * Canada * France * Belgium

Houston Person, John Clayton Jr., Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Lionel Hampton, Elvin Jones, Herb Ellis, Jeff Clayton, Benny Golson, Grady Tate, Johnny Griffin, Toots Thielemans, Jeff Hamilton, Red Holloway, Al Grey, Jack McDuff, Monty Alexander, Ed Thigpen, Jiggs Whigham, Lewis Nash, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Powell, Sir Roland Hanna, Christian McBride, Russell Malone, Kevin Mahogany, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ray Drummond, and more...

The WDR Radio Big Band, The Berlin Film Orchestra, and The Munich Radio Orchestra, Germany * The Henk Meutgeert Big Band, Metropole Orchestra and North Nederlands Symphony Orchestra, Holland * The Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary Symphony Orchestras, Canada * The Florida, San Antonio, Rochester, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, U.S.A., and more...

Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Dorothy Donegan.



Review by Marke Andrews - March 16, 2000
In a city full of fine female jazz vocalists, Vancouver's Dee Daniels has her own place of honour. Self-assured and sensual, her golden timbre lends itself easily to ballads, but she can also swing hard if called upon.

She does both on Love Story, a collection of 10 standards, each of which represents a facet of love. Opening with Skylark, Daniels uses vibrato to good effect, laying out a melody that is embellished by the tenor lines of guest saxophonist Houston Person. On Let's Fall In Love, she phrases a bit ahead, then a bit behind the swing groove laid down by pianist Miles Black, bassist Darren Radtke and drummer Blaine Wikjord, at one point turning the word "fall" into a three-syllable utterance, and delivering a line of the bridge in descending notes, like a vocal elevator sliding past floors. Special mention goes to Black for his sensitive piano accompaniment.


Review by Marvin Lake - February 11, 2000
The Virginian-Pilot February 11, 2000 Review by Marvin Lake Dee Daniels' indie release "Love Story" arrives just in time for Valentine's Day. The concept album finds the Vancouver native in fine form as she recounts the ups and downs of love via 10 evergreens.

Backed by a quartet featuring tenor saxophonist Houston Person, Daniels' warm, four-octave singing embraces the full range of emotions - from longing and fulÄllment to disillusionment and wisdom.

Daniels shines on ballads. Check out "Skylark," on which Person's long, bluesy, mid-track solo slides over a soft pallet laid down by bassist Darren Radtke, pianist Miles Black and drummer Blaine Wikjord. Daniels' lazy, rich tones convey true longing.

Her plaintive reading of "I Could Have Danced All Night" is slower than most, and features an odd vocal-saxophone interplay on the words in the title.

Daniels' can swing, too, as evidenced by her sure-footed approach to "Let's Fall In Love" and "There'll Be Some Changes Made."


Review by John Goodman - December 3, 1999
There's a certain risk involved in taking on the standard repertoire but Daniels' fresh interpretations are more than up to the task.
Review by Ron Rogers - November 29, 1999
Given the overwhelming success of Diana Krall in the last year or two, it would only make sense for some of the other majors to start scanning the country for some other jazz crooners. And if they're looking (and I know they are), then they might want to take a chance on this Vancouver native.

This indie release, recorded and mixed at Vancouver's Blue Wave Studios by Perry Barrett, features Daniels covering a variety of crooning classics, all of which are sure to be known by serious jazz fans. This is actually a concept album, detailing the ups and downs of love and relationships. As Daniels herself says in the liner notes, "Every love story shares certain things... melancholy... There are as many great songs about love as there are adjectives to describe the feeling." So Daniels has put together ten songs which cover the gamut of emotions, all of them done beautifully by Daniels and her quartet. The band consists of pianist Miles Black, bassist Darren Radtke, drummer Blaine Wikjord and saxophonist Houston Person, who provides simple, yet appropriate backing for Daniels powerful vocal presence.

First there's longing, epitomized here with the Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer classic Skylark, which is followed by the Lerner/Lowe song I Could Have Danced All Night, symbolizing that initial captivation. After Tenderly, there's a terrific cover of Koehler and Arlen's Let's Fall In Love, followed by Rogers and Hart's My Romance. Of course, in any love affair, there's always going to be trouble, or in Daniels' case, disillusionment, symbolized here in the sombre The Masquerade Is Over. Cole Porter's What Is This Thing Called Love? is given special treatment, as is the very sad I'll Be Seeing You. Daniels has obviously had some serious training, and is comfortable covering every emotional note, from sheer bliss to downright sorrow.

Her voice is strong and full, and eminently capable of providing the soul and vibe needed to bring these songs additional potency. That's obvious on the album's final track, the classic That's Life, one of Sinatra's favourites, which provides a fitting conclusion to this set.



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