Dennis Bell was born and raised in the Bronx. He attended local Public Schools and went on to attend the prestigious High School of Music & Art in Manhattan majoring in Piano & Trombone. He attended SUNY Binghamton, Hunter College and graduated, Valedictorian, from the New York College of Music (Incorporated into New York University) with a Bachelor of Music Degree. He went on to attend Queens College with a Master of Arts Degree in Composition.
Dennis has produced records by Doug E Fresh, Dave Valentin, New Voices of Freedom, U2, and Touché, amongst others. He was the musical director/ conductor for the international tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and has written TV and Radio Jingles for Drakes, Hardees, Roy Rogers, and Nabisco companies. His modern dance scores have been performed at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, The Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, Yale University in New Haven, LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC, Ailey II, Juilliard New Dances 08, Perry Mansfield in Steamboat Springs and U Cal at Irvine amongst others. His compositions for modern dance/ballet CD, “Musique Pour La Danse Modern” was released on GuavaJamm Entertainment (www.guavajamm.net) in 2008 in addition to his Dennis Bell Jazz NY and solo piano recordings. His recordings are also available from Apple iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ dennis-bell/id3690433), Amazon.com, CDBaby.com and all other major internet digital outlets.
He has played with and/or performed on albums and concerts with Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams, Nick Brignola, Jimmy Owens, Dave Grusin, Buddy Morrow, Sal Salvador, Dave Valentin, Noel Pointer, Steve Jordan, U2, Lenny Kravitz, Celia Cruz, Billy Preston, and many others. He was the musical director/conductor of the international tour of Jesus Christ, Superstar and has performed and conducted in venues from Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls to Madison Square Garden, and appeared on the Joan Rivers Show, New York at Night, MTV Music Video Awards, music videos, and in the movie U2, Rattle and Hum. Dennis is the founder and CEO of City Slicker Productions, Mark of Aries Music (BMI) and record label GuavaJamm Entertainment (www.guavajamm.net).
He was a long time Music Educator in the NYC school system while continuing his career as a professional musician. He taught at PS 86, JHS 82 and Truman High School in the Bronx. At LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts he was teacher of Jazz Improvisation, Musicianship, Choir and Music Technology. He was the long time Conductor of the award winning Bronx Boro-Wide Chorus and he is presently an Adjunct Professor of Music and Music Technology at Mercy College in Westchester County. Dennis Bell is a Yamaha Influential Artist.
He is married to the beautiful Claudette Washington-Bell and has four fabulous children, Chris (Marketing Director of Apple itunes) Dacia (A Lincoln Center Visiting Artist), Michele (Sales Specalist for the Club & Spa Synergy Group and CEO of MicheleBell.com) and Sidra (Artistic Director of the Modern Dance Group Sidra Bell Dance NY and an emerging young choreographer).
When you are looking for the best in fine music production, private lessons in Jazz, R&B, Pop Piano, Midi, Songwriting and Arranging....give Dennis a call!!!