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Dee Bell & Marco Silva's Brazilian Band
February 01, 2013
Yoshi's Local Talent Series: Free live music in the Lounge every Wed-Sat, 6:30 - 10pm!
“At long last, a new recording by Dee Bell. (Sagacious Grace) The pure-voiced singer, whose supple phrasing and unforced feeling draw you deep into a song, put out two smashing records on the Concord label in the 1980s that made the jazz world sit up and listen. The first, “Let There Be Love,” featured the sublime saxophonist Stan Getz, who heard something special in Dee’s uncluttered singing. Trumpeter Tom Harrell played on the equally well-received “One by One.”
- Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Jazz and Art Writer (2011)
Born into a musical family in Indiana, she played clarinet and dulcimer at a young age. Between the ages of 12 and 23, she performed in many musical groups, both vocal and instrumental. A graduate of Indiana University, Bell first studied pre-medicine, and completed her degree as an art teacher and metal sculptress. Following graduation, she lived on the edge of the Hoosier National forest in a primitive cabin with no running water, no phone, and a woodstove for heat. She ran her own health food restaurant, studied voice with Kathy Chiavola, IU’s visiting opera diva: Eileen Farrell, produced graphic arts for Health food companies (Willow Run Margarine & Bloomingfoods et. al.) all while performing in local Bloomington clubs. Bell moved to San Francisco in 1978 to study voice and performance with the late Judy Davis.
In 1987 She met Eddie Duran after hours at the Trident where he heard her sing “Happy Birthday” to a friend. After that, she sat in with Eddie’s trio after her section closed for the evening. Stan Getz heard a tape of music that Eddie and Dee were working on. Stan called from an airplane en route to Houston and volunteered to be on her first album.