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"Man,I just dig you.Especially the clips i see of you with Marcus. (I play bass/keys)"
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The sound of Poogie Bell's drums is what you hear on many of the world's finest jazz, neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop records. Performer, record producer, composer, and arranger, you've heard his work with artists including Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Victor Wooten, and Randy Crawford.

Native of New York and a second generation musician he has been immersed in music since he was born. Taking cues from his father, a jazz musician and professor of music, Poogie has always had an inherent connection to music. As hard as it may be to believe, he started playing at the age of ten months old and made his concert debut when he was two and half at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Hall with his father. By the ripe old age of five he'd already appeared on The Mike Douglas Show with Pearl Bailey.

As a kid it wasn't unusual for Poogie to see the likes of drummer Max Roach, saxophonist Ornette Coleman, pianist Marylou Williams, bassists, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Richard Davis in his living room jammin' with his father. Growing up he hung out with fellow musicians Bobby Broom, Omar Hakim, Marcus Miller, Lenny White and Bernard Wright, Weldon Irvine all of whom supported and influenced each other musically.

Poogie's first "real" gig was with Tom brown, Weldon Irvine and Hugh Masakela. Then came a tour with one of the creators of what we know as hip-hop, Afrika Bambaata and the Soulsonic Force and then with the Force MD's, a Temptations-style vocal group who were the first to incorporate R&B and hip-hop. "Touch and Go", a song written by Poogie for the Force MD's, won him the ASCAP Writer's Award for Top 10 Singles in 1988. From his hard work, Poogie was able to break into the traditional R&B world touring and recording with artists Freddie Jackson, Phyllis Hyman and Chaka Khan. He came into the New Jack Swing era working with Kieth Sweat, Teddy Riley, SWV and New Edition. He continues to tour and record with Marcus Miller,Victor Bailey,Bill Evans Soul Bop and Erykah Badu, among others. now Poogie is doing his own project with The Poogie Bell Band!

The Bands First CD "Thinking Outside The Box"( Some of The Music Here on Myspace) )Out Now!!! You Can Pick One Up From (www.Poogiebell.com)(www.CDBABY.com) or( I-Tunes)

The Bands Current CD Called "Get On The Kit" And Features Guest Artists such as Marcus Miller, Wah Wah Watson,Keith Aderson, Bobby Sparks, Dean Brown. You can Find it on (I-Tunes )And At (CDBABY.com )And Has Been Released In Japan By (Yuji sound/JVC-Victor Records Japan)Or just Do A Google Search For the Poogie Bell Band Were All Over The Net!
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At 4:38pm on April 25, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Hey Poogie,

Where ya been?

Would love to see you around here more often. Phone home!

At 8:42am on July 6, 2009, Keith Webb said…
ha mr. bell my name is keith bubby webb. and ive been a fan of your drumming long enough. id like to be promoted to coming a friend. also the music on your page is hot. you can also use me to cover for you on some gigs you cant make. even though yo shoes will be hard to feel. dont be a stranger doc. god bless
At 1:12pm on June 6, 2009, Darron E Moore said…
Hi there love your music
At 8:30pm on May 15, 2009, Michael Stephens said…
Hey Man, I've been hearing your name & music alot these pass few days. So I thought I would at least say Hi... Nice grooves.
At 11:03pm on February 24, 2009, Dennis Heaven said…
Hey man what a groove you got it goin on. peace
At 2:20am on February 4, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
Hey POOGIE!! Come around once and a while, we miss you over here!

Love and PEACE,
At 11:13am on January 29, 2009, Phil Lackey said…
Man,I just dig you.Especially the clips i see of you with Marcus. (I play bass/keys)
At 3:04am on January 18, 2009, tran said…
Very Happy to find you here on this page!!
I never forget your performance with Marcus M. in Istres -South France-!!
At 9:59am on November 5, 2008, Jaijai Jackson said…
Poogie? Where you at?
At 2:09pm on September 16, 2008, Mike Smith said…
Hey Poogie...Man...I just saw your comment to me today...but I have been diggin' your grooves for years! All the way back to when I was in NYC, where I was born/raised. U still workin' w/Marcus?
I got a chance to play w/him on a fundraiser event last yr. out here in Calif., it was fun!


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