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Musical Artist, Producer, Record Label, Publisher, Music Director, Arranger, Composer, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio
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Gold/Platinum Award winning Pianist, Producer, Conductor, Composer and Music Educator. CEO of GuavaJamm Entertainment, City Slicker Productions, Mark of Aries Music (BMI)
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At 2:13pm on July 5, 2010, ONYX MERMAID said…

At 6:41pm on June 19, 2010, ONYX MERMAID gave Dennis Bell a gift
At 6:40pm on June 19, 2010, ONYX MERMAID said…

At 9:53am on March 26, 2010, Shunnae Love said…
Thank you so much for the contact. Your piano playing and arrangements are most definitely top notch!! I am enjoying listening.

At 1:33pm on October 18, 2009, John Eric Booth said…
Hi Dennis! Would love to hear about what you are into in this biz. I have a new show called "Swinging Songbook" @ each Friday at 1pm eastern. Then an encore at 6pm Tuesday. Try to listen in!
At 12:57pm on October 18, 2009, Nora McCarthy said…
Thanks for the invite Dennis and great hearing you, love the videos.

Stay in touch,

At 8:03pm on October 17, 2009, Gary DeBerry Sr said…
Hey Dennis thanks for the invite to your site. Love your music!
At 8:23pm on October 3, 2009, HARLEM JAZZ NOTES said…
Welcome To Harlem Jazz Notes Dennis


CD Reviews: Dennis Bell 'I Myself & Me' GJE0007
Posted by: Adminon Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 08:23 AM
Reviews Jazz pianist Dennis Bell admits right away the Bill Evans minspiration from Evans's CD project ''Conversations With Myself'' as the underpinning for his new project! I must say however, that this is quite the '' dialogue'' as it were with us his devoted listeners. Dennis can cite quite a laundry list of credentials & luminaries he's played with as his backdrop of journeyman experience.....But, that said, this work still stands alone in it's raw beauty & depth! His improvisations seem to dominate, yes even pervade our sensibilities with a profound & broad melodic interest.....Indeed, deep musical vision as well. This intriguing individualistic jazz artist proffers us a well stirred mix of viable horn lines, grace, suppleness, & certainly virtuosity. Ergo, I think we'll keep him!

George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman

Label: GuavaJamm Entertainment Inc
CD Available through the following outlets:
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CD Reviews: Dennis Bell ''Then & Now'' GJE0008
Posted by: Adminon Monday, October 25, 2004 - 09:39 PM
Reviews George W. Carroll

Jazz Pianist Dennis Bell documents his musical efforts through his body of work.........And, his present project ''Then & Now'' is superbly presented & notated............As well as ably held up by his consummately gifted sidemen.

The group creates a coherent pulse, giving their music a human face.''Then & Now'' is more ''now'' than ''then.''

George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman
CD Reviews: Lynette Washington ''Smoky Dawn'' & ''Live'' w/Dennis bell
Posted by: Adminon Friday, September 19, 2003 - 10:15 AM
Reviews By George W. Carroll

What an immaculate personification of our kindred 'Black Culture' as I perused and reviewed the (2) very animated CD projects that were sent to me, intoned by jazz chanteuse, Lynette Washington. I am an unapologetic Ellington-phile. So, I must bring attention to the impeccable rendition Lynette & her sideman proffered, reinventing the eternal jazz ballad, ''In A Sentimental Mood.'' Bellisimo!!

Washington's search for purity in her craft is exemplified in her vocalise. She Offers her listenership the very essence of a cool, laid back style. She possesses a vocal quality of the rarest sort, Namely: Control of her instrument, a sensuous vibrato, command of her ideas, and a highly developed musical feeling. This project shows us that there's always something 'different' that has that capacity to fascinate, which is also divergent & 180 degrees away from the norm. Good work baby!!

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CD Reviews: Lynette Washington ''Long, Long Ago''
Posted by: Adminon Wednesday, November 05, 2003 - 12:03 AM
Reviews By George W. Carroll

One of the more prolific & poignant attributes of our human nature is our ability to create change. Our adaptability to take a stolid, & stoic genre, & mold into something we of the jazz genre can understand.

I proclaim that jazz chanteuse Lynette Washington & her stalwart sidemen have succeeded thus, in their musical celebration of the combined religious festivities of Christmas, Chanukah, & Kwanzaa. Lynette's vocals are a perfect marriage to the wonderful (I'll assume) originals to immortalize these specific holidays. Reedman Gerry Niewood is flawless in his reflective & moving renderings for the whole project........Giving Lynette the perfect vocal platform to ply her fine vocalise. All in all, a very solid CD project indeed! Hey baby! You can stuff my stocking anytime!!
CDS avail. @:

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CD Title: Smoky Dawn

Year: 2004

Record Label: Guavajamm Entertainment

Style: Jazz Vocals

Musicians: Lynette Washington, vocals. Dennis Bell, piano.

Review: The husky-sweet voice of Lynette Washington lights up the night with a collection of American Standards that is sure to please the jazz listening audience. Direct, warm, imaginative, the vocals and piano work are superb.

There are fourteen songs on the CD. Among the lovely songs are found "In A Sentimental Mood," "All The Things You Are," "Cry Me A River," "Here's That Rainy Day," "Someone To Watch Over Me," and "When I Fall In Love."

The emotional highs touch the audience in a sensitive way, each song telling a story that lingers in the mind. A fine collection in all ways.

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Reviewed by: Lee Prosser
CD Title: Long, Long Ago

Year: 2002

Record Label: GuavaJamm Entertainment

Style: Holiday Jazz

Musicians: Lynette Washington (vocals); Gerry Niewood (saxophones); Dennis Bell (piano); Cameron Brown (bass); Darryl Pellegrini (drums).

Review: The holiday season never fails to yield some refreshing jazz themes. While this “jazz celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa” has been around for a few years, it’s still fresh and interesting.

Native New Yorker, Lynette Washington gathered some of Gotham’s finest session players for her holiday suite. The former lead singer with The Voices Of Freedom has toured the world and is capable of delivering her message in several languages. Her second solo project, Smoky Dawn turned heads in 2003. A powerful and compelling singer, Washington also contributed two of the compositions. Eight Bright Candles is a fine ode to Chanukah while her What’s Become Of Christmas? poses just that very question.

The fine hand of pianist, Dennis Bell is evident in all other compositions. Bell has performed with a myriad of jazz stars including Marcus Miller, Nick Brignola and Sal Salvador. He was the musical director/conductor with the international touring unit of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Bassist Cameron Brown studied with Ron Carter & Dave Holland and performed with Sheila Jordan, Don Cherry, Art Blakey and Archie Shepp to name a few. Drummer Darryl Pellegrini is a veteran of the bands of Chuck & Gap Mangione. The rhythm section really shines throughout this session.

Ms. Washington’s gospel tinged voice mates perfectly with the exciting tones of reedman Gerry Niewood. Niewood appears on no less than 75 albums with a diverse group of star quality performers from jazz through rock. The saxophonist is one of the highlights of this Christmas offering and is showcased on several tunes. African-American celebrants of Kwanzaa are not forgotten. The final track on the CD is dedicated to them. Kwanzaa is a rhythmic showpiece and a fitting end to a nice holiday album.

Tracks: Always Christmas; Long, Long Ago; Eight Bright Candles; What’s Become Of Christmas; A Visit From St. Nicholas (Jazz Suite); Kwanzaa.

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Reviewed by: Richard Bourcier
Then & Now
Dennis Bell Jazz NY | GuavaJamm Entertainment (2002)
By Michael P. Gladstone
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This album is subtitled A Jazz Retrospect of New York City's High School of Music & Art. Every member of this quartet graduated from these two schools in the late 1950s or mid 1990s, having since individually pursued careers in music and education. The collective resume for these players is enough to raise a few musical eyebrows per names and venues (e.g. Peter Chivily was the Stan Kenton bassist during the period when he recorded West Side Story in the early '60s).

This 73 minute album gives plenty of space to compositions by leader Dennis Bell, who contributes seven of the nine tunes as well as ample solo opportunities for all. The medium tempo blues “Skully!!!!” is an attractive classic Blue Note-type line which serves as a platform for Casey Benjamin to deliver a Jackie McLean-ish alto solo. After introspective solos by Bell and Chivily on the ballad “Dance Michele, Dance,” Benjamin gets a chance to repeat with a soulful statement. On the lengthy “Pop Goes Chris,” Benjamin channels a no-nonsense Joe Henderson mode through his tenor sax. The standard “Stompin' at the Savoy” features an interesting moment when the sax man suspends time for a minute when he solos unaccompanied. Throughout, Bell, Chivily and Roberson provide fine rhythm section support, with Bell comping well.

My one suggestion for the future would be to substitute a few standards and jazz compositions by other musicians in lieu of so many original tunes. Otherwise, it's a nice listen.

Track listing: Lil d's Cakewalk, Skully!!!!, Dance Michele Dance, Pop Goes Chris, Stompin' at the Savoy, Theme for Bobby, Lover Man, Firewater, Sidra's Dream

Personnel: Dennis Bell, piano; Casey Benjamin, saxophones; Peter Chivily, bass; Stephen Roberson,drums

Lynette Washington
Long, Long Ago
(Guava Jamm, 2003)

Something Old, Something New, It's Christmastime, What's Wrong With You!
Published: December 4, 2003
By C. Michael Bailey
Long, Long Ago is a weird little bird that takes advantage of addressing all of the holiday observances: Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanza. Lynette Washington's voice is durable and full-bodied as is her band. The disc is short (35:25) and consists of only six songs. However, this is not the standard fare and thus is justly interesting. The way to look at this recording is to pretend that Elvin Jones assembled a jazz band to play holiday music and the singer was a deft combination of Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, and Neena Freelon. Produced and written by Dennis Bell, Long, Long Ago can (and should) be obtained from Guava Jamm Entertainment .

Lynette Washington's Jazz Holiday CD

Lynette Washington's Long, Long Ago (A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa) is an obscure release that ought to be in the collection of any jazz fan celebrating any of the season's holidays. It ist one of the finest modern mainstream performances in recent years.

Nothing about this album is familiar, yet every one of the six songs provides more immediate gratification to someone who's really listening than comfort food fare ever can. “Always Christmas” is a post-bop barn-burner, “Long, Long Ago” a ballad in need of an extinguisher and “Kwanzaa” an African- jazz hybrid that'll get people to observe the holiday just so they can play this song.

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Hacking The Holidays: Obscure and Unusual Albums from Online Stores
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Lynette Washington
Long, Long Ago (A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa)

To put it simply, this is as good as online holiday music gets.

Lynette Washington's Long, Long Ago (A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa) is an obscure release that ought to be in the collection of any jazz fan celebrating any of the season's holidays. Not only is it one of the finest modern mainstream performances in recent years, it's also available as a $6 bargain download from

Washington's singing is deep, husky, adventurous and so full of soul I hit the "purchase" option on my Web browser before the first 30-second preview was complete. Considering I've been listening to several dozen holiday albums nonstop during the past few weeks, that speaks volumes about its impact. Her acoustic quartet is first-rate all the way, with saxophonist Gerry Niewood in particular competing for the listener''s ear with a lyricism that compliments Washington in Velcro-like fashion.

Nothing about this album is familiar, yet every one of the six songs provides more immediate gratification to someone who''s really listening than comfort food fare ever can. "Always Christmas" is a post-bop barn-burner, "Long, Long Ago" a ballad in need of an extinguisher and "Kwanzaa" an African- jazz hybrid that'll get people to observe the holiday just so they can play this song.

Need more convincing? "Always Christmas," is available as a free download from - just consider yourself warned if your wallet is getting a bit thin from shopping.
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Lynette Washington's Jazz Holiday CD

Lynette Washington's Long, Long Ago (A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa) is an obscure release that ought to be in the collection of any jazz fan celebrating any of the season's holidays. It ist one of the finest modern mainstream performances in recent years.

Nothing about this album is familiar, yet every one of the six songs provides more immediate gratification to someone who's really listening than comfort food fare ever can. “Always Christmas” is a post-bop barn-burner, “Long, Long Ago” a ballad in need of an extinguisher and “Kwanzaa” an African- jazz hybrid that'll get people to observe the holiday just so they can play this song.

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Holiday tunes that strike right note for all

Purists who want their holiday music straight down the middle from a middle-of-the-road crooner can enjoy “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole, “Merry Christmas” by Johnny Mathis and “Christmas Portrait” by the Carpenters.

Obviously, not everybody celebrates Christmas. But fortunately, just about every entertainer of every faith and ethnic background has a holiday CD. Some of the more noteworthy releases for Chanukah include “Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights” for the adventurous, and “Vol. 2 — Festival of Light” for more conservative tastes. For Kwanzaa there is “Kwanzaa For Young People (And Everyone Else!)” as well as “Kwanzaa Party: A Celebration of Black Cultures in Song.” To cover all, or at least most, of your bases, think about Lynette Washington’s “Long, Long Ago (A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanza).”

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Choose multicultural holiday music. Although Christmas CDs are everywhere, you might have a more difficult time finding party music to represent Hanukah, Kwanza, and Winter Solstice. Here are a few ideas:

* A Winter's Night, Ensemble Galilei
* Happy Hanukah, Judy Rubenstein
* Africa, Putumayo
* A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanza, Lynette Washington, Long, Long Ago

Try to alternate CDs to play an assortment of songs from different albums; if you have a random-play feature on your CD player, use it. If your guests begin to tire of holiday music, throw on some classical, jazz, modern rock, bluegrass, or dance music.











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