Winners 2012: Artist







Dennis Bell

Prolific jazz musician Dennis Bell has spent much of his career merging different cultures and musical genres to enlighten and entertain. A music educator for more than 40 years, White Plains resident, Bell has instructed students in various New York metro area schools. He is an award-winning pianist, songwriter, arranger, producer and conductor. The range of musical artists with whom he has worked encompasses rock, R&B and particularly jazz and includes renowned musicians such as U2, Lenny Kravitz, Celia Cruz, Doug E Fresh and Slick Rick, Dave Valentin, New Voices of Freedom, Lynette Washington, Tom Browne, Billy Preston, Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin among many others.

Bell spent over 30 years teaching music and music technology in the NYC School system, including LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and the Performing Arts in Manhattan (his Alma Mater) and was the long time conductor of the award winning Bronx Borough-Wide JHS Chorus. Bell is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music & Music Technology at Mercy College in White Plains.

Bell’s compositions for Modern Dance have been performed at Ailey ii, River North Dance Chicago, Sacramento Ballet, Steffi Nossen School, Ballet Austin, the 92nd Street Y among many others. He was recently honored with a grant from the American Music Center’s Live Music Dance for a composition “Remembrance” written for String Quartet and Piano which was recently premiered at the Baruch Performing Arts Center by his daughter’s modern dance ensemble Sidra Bell Dance NY. The String Quartet featured players from the Purchase College Music Conservatory’s Graduate School.

The Grammy Committee has recognized Bell many times with pre-nominations for his production work, most recently for his work on the jazz album Kaleidoscope, performed by the accomplished New York jazz singer—and Bell’s sister-in-law—Lynette Washington. He and Washington have performed together at several Westchester venues in Yonkers, Mount Vernon and White Plains. The pair recently recorded and released their LIVE at the X! album as part of ArtsWestchester’s NewUrbanJazz series.  The album was a featured jazz album on iTunes.  For more information about Dennis Bell, please visit and

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