Renowned jazz singer Dee Daniels will be the featured singer at the Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Ladies of Swing concert hosted by the St. Louis Symphony at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11. This year would have been Ella’s 100th birthday, and to honor the Queen of Jazz, Dee has teamed up with the St. Louis Symphony for a spectacular show featuring the sounds of Ella and other great ladies of swing: Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, and Sarah Vaughn.
“This is my first time in St. Louis, and I’m very excited,” Daniels says. Daniels is a long-time jazz singer who started in a church choir. She has performed with many contemporary jazz singers and developed a Symphony Pops program that has taken her all across the U.S.
When asked about Ella’s influence, Daniels says, “Ella was very caring and gentle. She loved what she did, and it comes across in her music. Her musicianship and the way she uses her voice as an instrument is astonishing.”
Ella has long been an influence in many jazz singers’ careers and continues to influence musicians all over the world with her stunning vocals.
“All of these women [featured in the tribute] are great musicians, and I wanted to showcase them,” Daniels continues. Jazz runs through her veins and it shows in her incredible voice. “I have some surprises for the audience and the orchestra. You won’t want to miss it.”
Check out Dee Daniels at the Tribute at St. Louis Symphony this Sunday. You can also find her online at deedaniels.com. CDs will be available for purchase the day of the show. V