In live performance the radiant Dee Daniels swings, grooves and dips into gospel edges from a core of warmth. Daniels delivers songs with uniquely relaxed humor, enveloping each audience member in a powerful sonic embrace. Her new album, Intimate Conversations (Origin) is a series of tight duos executed with eight jazz veterans, three of whom—Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Martin Wind (bass) and Ted Brancato (piano)—will be appearing with her at Smoke (Oct. 29th), joined by her regular drummer Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax. The title of Daniels album says it all, she brings each listener to the inner chambers of her heart.”
The New York City Jazz Record
“Dee Daniels sang once with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and though the concert was in 2002, I remember distinctly how good she was. She brought great emotion to a bunch of Ellington songs, and she sang the heck out of the blues. She was fun to write about, too. It’s not every day you can report accurately: “She held that note until it was thin as a ribbon, then fattened it out and pulled it down into the lowlands.” In short, it’s great to hear from Dee Daniels again after all these years. She is in good company, too. She is joined by musicians including but not limited to Cyrus Chestnut on piano. Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Houston Person on sax and Russell Malone on guitar. There are tremendous growly sax and trombone solos, almost like another singer, and Daniels responds to that vibe. (“All the Way” has to be heard to be believed.) The atmosphere is gritty and Tin Pan Alley.”
— BUFFALO NEWS, by Mary Kunz Goldman
“There's certainly a lot of talent on Dee Daniels' new CD, Intimate Conversations – It's first-rate.”
— WRHU Long Island, by Bob Collins
“Daniels is one of those jazz singers that’s managed a four decade career without most of you ever hearing of her. Spending time in Europe and as part of the ensemble, no matter what the ensemble has been, it’s only been recently she’s been taking the spotlight. And speaking of taking the spotlight, this is an album of vocal/instrumental duets with some of New York’s best jazzbos providing the various notes. With an adventurous set card that isn’t easily pigeonholed, Daniels shows you what you’ve been missing and why insiders feel free to show up and show the love. This is a grand showcase for jazz vocal fans that want it as pure and close to the bone as possible. Hot stuff throughout.”
— MIDWEST RECORD, by Chris Spector
“Jazz vocalist Dee Daniels joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to sing a selection of Basie and Ellington songs, and she had little trouble stealing the show. She used the extraordinary range and velvety texture of her voice like an instrument, wrapping its smoky texture around each word of a lyric to give the songs added meaning, nuance and expression.”
— Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY
“Daniels is a jazz singer with an astonishing range. On hearing her, this reviewer is reduced to saying "only four?" Daniels can create an amazing range of sounds, from the most gentle and sweet to elemental growls that tear at the core of being. The Earth is in her voice.”
Palm Beach Daily News
“We must mention the keynote speaker, Dee Daniels, not only a singer of unbelievable power and range, but happily, a most entertaining and fascinating speaker. Opening with a riveting rendition of “This Little Light of Mine”, she regaled us with stories of her life from teen years up to the present. We did wonder how this might tie in with the Conference, but of course, her opening song was the clue as she honoured all the hard-working music teachers and exhorted them to Let Their Light Shine.”
British Columbia Music Teachers Association Conference
“Dee Daniels was one of our absolute favourite guest artists over the last two seasons here at the RPO. She brought so much class and inspiration along with her exceptional talent and presence! It was a treat for the orchestra and the audience to have her grace our stage.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
“Wow….the accolades are still pouring in! Dee was FANTASTIC as the lunch time keynote speaker for the Sixth Annual Corporate State: Canada Summit,
2009 Women’s CEO and Senior Management Summit !!!!!! She really touched her audience in such a moving and unexpected way.”
Bedlam Entertainment Inc.
“Dee Daniels' voice brings to mind all the most delirious adjectives: Honeyed. Sweet. Low, rich, smooth and slow as molasses. To round things out, she also belted out an "Everyday I Have The Blues" that would have brought a grin to Joe Williams' face. This woman brought the house down. The raucous blues ended with a high note the likes of which I don't think I've ever heard. Daniels held that note until it was thin as ribbon, then fattened it out and pulled it down into the lowlands. That's the blues! After that, it'll be a little tough to go back to the band at the corner bar.
The Buffalo News
“...It was her voice that was in the spotlight. DANIELS' hearty tones, jazz-wise phrasing and triumphant scat showed why she's considered among the cream of mainstream jazz singers.”
Los Angeles Times
“Scat singing is often miserably self-indulgent, but Daniels honed hers with a dead-eye accuracy. If she’d been in a church, converts would have risen to their feet and walked down the aisle to be saved.
— Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s become the natural question this time each year. If Dee Daniels doesn’t draw a standing ovation, has the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival actually taken place? In a night highlighted by female vocalists, the festival went to its first lady for an opening salvo and, as usual, the singer brought the crowd to its feet.
Moscow Daily News
“When the Vista All Stars made their appearances as a group sponsored by The Jazz Cruise last month (April, 2011) with dates at the Berk's Jazz Festival and Dizzy's Club in New York, all eyes were on the super group. They did not disappoint. That's no surprise given their killer lineup: Ernie Adams, Shelly Berg, Dee Daniels, David Finck, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowshy, and Houston Person. The crowd for The Vista All Stars at the Berk's Jazz Festival was large and enthusiastic and the music was amazing. After leaving Pennsylvania, the Vista All Stars headed directly for a week long stay at Dizzy's Club in Lincoln Center. Here again, the crowds were great and the event was a huge success.”
— Jazz Cruise Newsletter
“The power of her voice and a style marinated in blues captivated the crowd from the first notes of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
After "Honeysuckle Rose," she moved to the Steinway to accompany herself in "A Song For You". The Wind Trio returned for "What a Difference a Day Made" and "This Masquerade," which contained a Robinson solo that uncovered possibilities Russell might not imagine were in his harmonies. Daniels worked her way from blues shadings into unadulterated blues, belting Jimmy Reed's "Baby, What You Want Me To Do." She dug into the keyboard and set up Wind, Robinson and Williamson for powerful solos. The performance brought the audience to its feet demanding an encore. Daniels responded with "Who Can I Turn To" and wrapped up a concert that put an exclamation point on the jazz portion of the eight-day festival.
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