Jazz Port Townsend Faculty Spotlight: Dee Daniels


Whether accompanying herself at the piano, fronting a trio, big band or symphony, Dee Daniels‘ musical career is as varied as her four-octave vocal range is thrilling. We are certainly delighted to be welcoming Dee back to Jazz Port Townsend in 2011.

Though she has a B.A. in Art Education and taught high school art for a year in Seattle, Dee quickly realized that her true calling was music. Her vocal style was born in her stepfather’s church choir in Oakland, California, refined through the R&B era, polished during a five-year stay in The Netherlands and Belgium in the 1980s.

She has performed and recorded with many ‘Legends of Jazz’ including Toots Thielemans, Houston Person, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Ed Thigpen, Monty Alexander, John Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton, Hank Jones, Bill Charlap, and Russell Malone.

A respected vocal clinician, adjudicator, and mentor, Dee presents clinics, workshops, and master classes around the world. She served on the advisory board of the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival from 2002 – 2008, and has received several awards for her contribution in the field of music performance, music education, and community service.