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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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
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!
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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