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Vocalist Dee Daniels Quintet

Vocalist Dee Daniels Quintet

“Dee Daniels’ voice brings to mind all the most delirious adjectives: Honeyed. Sweet. Low, rich, smooth and slow as molasses.” ~ Mary Kunz, Music Critic, The Buffalo News

Bio

Dee Daniels is a jazz vocalist with a unique sound, steeped in the art of storytelling through song. With a 4+ octave range and a consistent presentation of interesting and unique arrangements, she transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring to the stage. Special for this performance, Dee and her stellar band will be premiering compositions from her latest CD, The Promise.

Learn more about Dee at http://www.deedaniels.com

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Dee Daniels, an accomplished vocalist and musician’s musician, passionately delivers timeless performances in multiple genres that include: jazz, blues, gospel, and her original compositions. A sultry songsmith and master of storytelling, she has performed for royalty and international dignitaries on multiple occasions, and has an extensive list of international performances with combos and big bands. She crossed the threshold of the classical world with the creation of her fabulous Symphony Pops programs, “Great Ladies of Swing” and “The Great American Swing Book”, and has performed and recorded with orchestras throughout North America and abroad. In addition to her accredited presence and magnetic prowess on keys, Daniels adds a spellbinding four-octave vocal range to her potent, natural and unique spin on every song she touches. Her international career includes performances across Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, South America, Hong Kong, Japan, twelve African countries, and throughout North America.

Her vocal style was born deep in the gospel roots of her stepfather’s Baptist church choir in Oakland, California, refined through the R&B era, and smoothly polished during a five-year stay in The Netherlands and Belgium from 1982 to 1987. Dee Daniels has performed and/or recorded with the who’s who of the Jazz world including Jazz legends: Benny Green, Houston Person, John Clayton, Russell Malone, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Clark Terry, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Barron, Bill Mays, Jeff Clayton, Benny Golson, Grady Tate, Toots Thielemans, Jeff Hamilton, Monty Alexander, Steve Wilson, Marvin Stamm, Lewis Nash, Kenny Washington, Norman Simmons, Ben Riley, Dennis MacKrel, Steve Davis, Martin Wind, Bucky Pizzarelli, Helen Sung, Christian McBride, David Young, Neil Swainson and many more.

Dee Daniels served on the President’s Advisory Council for the Jazz Education Network (JEN) from 2016 - 2018; was Artistic Director for the west coast’s DeMiero Jazz Fest from 2011 to 2018; the 2010 recipient of an Atlanta Theater’s Suzi Bass Award nomination; the 2009 receipt of an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts and 2008 President’s Award, both from Capilano University; and a recipient of the prestigious and most coveted Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her 2003 induction into the University of Montana’s School of Fine Arts Hall of Honor, the 1997 University of Montana Distinguished Alumni Award; the 2002 inductee into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and member of Vancouver’s, Granville Street Walk of Fame are a testament to her dedication to her musical career.

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, musical, Come Fly Away, and the critically acclaimed musical, Wang Dang Doodle at the Arts Club in Vancouver, BC. She is an inspirational speaker with keynote addresses being delivered at the 2009 Women’s CEO & Senior Management Summit in Toronto, the BC Music Teachers Conference, and commencement addresses at Capilano University, both in Vancouver, BC.

An internationally respected vocal clinician, adjudicator and mentor, Dee presents clinics, workshops, and master classes globally. In 2019 she joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific (CA); She created the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship awarded at the DeMiero Jazz Festival in Edmonds, WA in 2017; was on the faculty of the vocal department of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (NY) 2013 - 2014. Also in 2013, she created the annual week-long Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop; from 2001 through 2017, she was the creator and donor for the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship at the Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. She was the first artist to serve on the advisory board of the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (2002 - 2008), and has received several awards for her contribution in the field of music performance, music education, and community service.

Miles Black is a highly respected career musician bringing an enormous wealth of musical experience and expertise to most every facet of the music industry.  Firstly known as one of Canada’s most accomplished jazz pianists, Miles is also highly acclaimed and sought after as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, and musical theatre director.  Adding to that, he has worked as a music therapist and collegiate music instructor. Especially in Vancouver, Miles Black is well known as the “first call’ when musicians are looking for top professional enhancements to their projects.

Just some of the artists and acts with whom Miles has worked with include Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, George Coleman, Scott Hamilton, Sheila Jordan, Chuck Israels, Dee Daniels, Paul Horn, Skywalk, Max Roach, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Tabackin, Claudio Roditi, Ingrid Jensen, Houston Person, Johnny Frigo, and Von Freeman.  The list is lengthy and includes many other well known stars of the music world too numerous to note here.

Always in high demand, Miles is currently involved in several high level projects at this time.  At the present he is co-leading a modern jazz quartet with the aptly named “Altered Laws” group that also highlights saxophonist and flautist Tom Keenlyside (see tomkeenlyside.com).  As a prolific composer and writer, and with lyricist/vocalist Glenda Rae alone, Miles has over 400 written song credits.

As well since 1993, Mr. Black has proudly been a member of the Oliver Gannon Quartet performing keyboard duties including the Hammond B3.  Mr. Gannon is a Juno-award winning jazz guitarist with extensive performance experience around the globe. (http://www.olivergannon.com).

Miles is currently working as pianist/composer with The Mike Allen Quartet. This group is also known as the “Faculty Jazz Collective” at Western Washington University, where they perform as musical mentors for the jazz students. (see mikeallenjazz.com).

Since 2009, Black has been a member of TRIOLOGY, which features Bill Coon on Guitar, and Jodi Proznick on Bass. This group is fashioned after the great Jazz Trios of Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole. (see triologymusic.com)

On the education front, Miles has been working for Victoria based PG Music since 1991. As a performer and teacher he has helped to produce countless music software programs for public consumption.  Just a few of these include “The Jazz Pianist 1&2”,”The New Age Pianist”, “The Children’s Pianist”, “The Modern Jazz Pianist”, “Jazz Piano Masterclass”, “Blues Piano Masterclass” and an Oscar Peterson CD Rom, complete with transcriptions.  He has also written, produced and performed many add-ons for PG Music’s popular “Band-in-a-Box” programs.

Juno nominated artist Bill Coon is one of Canada’s most highly respected musicians and is winner of the 2009 National Jazz Awards, ‘Guitarist of the Year’. 

Performing professionally for over thirty years, he has played with many significant jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Chuck Israels, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bucky Pizzarelli, Sheila Jordan, Hugh Fraser, P.J. Perry, Campbell Ryga, Ian McDougall, Phil Dwyer, Dave Restivo, Brad Turner, Carol Welsman, Fred Stride, Dee Daniels, and Rebecca Kilgore. 

Among Bill’s more than fifty recordings are Speakeasy, andScudder’s Groove featuring Juno award winners Ross Taggart and Dave Robbins, With Benefits with Cory Weeds, Lewis Nash and Peter Washington. His collaboration with award-winning guitarist Oliver Gannon: Two Much More! was acclaimed as one of the top ten Canadian jazz recordings of 2015 by the CBC, as was Jill Townsend Big Band’s Legacy, The Music of Ross Taggart, a tribute to the great Ross Taggart that features Bill’s guitar playing and large ensemble writing. He also appears on award-winning recordings by The Night Crawlers and the Big Band Sound, Down in the Bottom and Calgary guitarist Ralf Buschmeyer’s Jazzspeak.   

Bill is busy performing with and composing for the BC Double Quartet featuring Brad Turner, Brasiliera with Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst, Triology, with Miles Black and Jodi Proznick, Oliver Gannon, Laura Crema, Cory Weeds Quartet, Tony Wilson-Bill Coon Quartet, B3 Kings, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Steve Maddock, Michael Creber, Mike Allen, Kevin Elaschuk, Kristina Olsen, and the Minemoto/Coon/Danderfer Trio.
 
An in demand composer-arranger, Bill had recently had two of his arrangements for symphony orchestra and voice appear on the recording ‘True North: The Canadian Songbook’ with Eleanor McCain. He has been commissioned to write for The National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Woody Herman Jazz Band, the Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, and John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra. Bill’s musical partnership with jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire created the Juno nominated CD, I Found Love. Bill’s association with hip-hop artist K-os resulted in a collaboration with the CBC Radio Orchestra documented in the CBC television show Burning to Shine, and his arranging is featured on the Juno award winning CD Joyful Rebellion. 

He has won awards and commissions from the BC Arts Council, the Socan Foundation, and has received several Canada Council Arts Awards enabling him to study with Jim Hall, Dr. Louis Stewart, Neil Chotem and Rick Wilkins. Bill is currently working on a recording of original music due out in fall of 2017 that is being funded by a Canada Council recording grant. 
 
Bill is an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and workshops throughout Canada, including the VSO School of Music and Summer Jazz Workshop and the BC Swing Workshop in Sorrento BC. He is on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, teaching composition, arranging, jazz history, small and large ensembles, and jazz guitar

Miles Foxx Hill is a bassist, recording engineer and composer. As an electric and acoustic bass player, he has worked with some of the world’s biggest music names including Van Morrison, Michael Buble, Chad Kroeger of Nickleback and the Brazilian jazz superstar Ivan Lins.

Miles is known for his profound sense of time, unique arrangements and diverse musical styles.

He has played on over 600 recordings that cover the musical spectrum, from jazz, funk, and tango to country and rock.

Miles tours with Dan Brubeck.

Joel Fountain is a very busy freelance drummer residing in Vancouver BC, Canada. He performs on a regular basis at clubs, hotels, casinos, recording studios, convention centers, bars, and concert venues in Vancouver and around the world. Some career highlights include; Performing in Russia with trumpet virtuoso & ‘Order of Canada’ recipient Jens Lindemann; performing concerts with Canadian Jazz sensation Laila Biali; touring the world with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson as part of his ‘Big Bop Nouveau band’ (including concerts with Diane Schuur & Slide Hampton); playing in the Grammy nominated jazz big band the “One O’clock Lab band” (including concerts with The Brecker Brothers, Terry Gibbs, Byron Stripling, and Tom ‘bones’ Malone). Joel is regularly featured as a sideman on multiple ‘indie’ recordings every year, and when not recording in the studio he performs locally with many great Vancouver musicians including Sharon Minemoto, Bruno Hubert, Jennifer Scott, Miles Black, Chris Gestrin, and Jodi Proznik, to name just a few.

Joel earned his bachelors degree in music from the University of North Texas (magna cum laude in jazz arranging), and whilst studying in Texas he had the opportunity to perform concerts with Rufus Reid, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Byron Stripling, Mike Stern, Jim Snidero, plus many other great Texas musicians including John Adams, Rodney Booth, Shelley Carrol, Dan Haerle, Noel Johnston, and many more. Joel studied drum set with Ed Soph for 4 years, and also with Canadian drum teacher Don Reid for 3 years. Joel has played on many full length CD’s, including releases on Nagelheyer records (the Lynn Seaton trio), Summit records (the Steve Anderson trio), “Lab 2001” with the One O’clock Lab band, and also his own modern jazz album “Saturn Return” on SiTMoM records.

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020

8:00pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon

Main Theatre Seating

Personnel

Dee Daniels - voice
Miles Black - keyboards
Bill Coon - guitar
Miles Hill - bass
Joel Fountain - drums

Support

SelectricityYukon Arts CentreCellar Music Group

SponsorsGovernment of YukonCity of WhitehorseLotteries YukonGovernment of CanadaYukon Arts Centre Air North, Yukon's AirlineCellar Live Hougens Group