Don “The One” Bell is best known in the local Jazz circles as “Saxophonist Extraordinaire” for his smooth and melodic, yet electrifying and explosive style of performing. The source of Don’s appeal is his ability to make us feel what he feels while playing a song; whether it’s the powerful, heart thumping beats of his up-tempo tunes or the irresistibly soulful sounds of his slower, jazzy emotions. Don’s brand of music fits in well with the Smooth Jazz or Wave format.
Many people have said that to see and hear Don Bell perform onstage is an unforgettable experience. He is, in the truest sense, the all around performer, by interacting with his audience and engaging them in conversation in-between songs. He is known for stepping offstage during a song and roaming through his audience, playing to each table as if they were the only people in the room. Throughout any performance, Don will pick up any of his three saxophones – tenor, alto or soprano and play each one beautifully. Most people agree that Don has that "It Factor".
Don had early influences in jazz, listening to John Coltrane, Charley Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and later to an array of such well-known artists as The Jackson 5, James Brown, Prince, Grover Washington, Jr., Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, The Gap Band, Parliament, Marvin Gaye, Tower of Power, Michael Jackson and Jr. Walker. Within this vast array of various musical interests, Don developed a multifaceted style of writing, composing and producing songs which include Jazz, R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel.
Over the years Don has had the opportunity to perform with Joe Sample, Less McCann, Gerald Albright, The Gap Band,
The Platters, The Rippingtons, Gato Barbieri, Ike Turner and Rick James.
Recently, Mary J Blige was in the audience at a Club & asked to come onstage to sing her hit "Just Fine" so Don could blow beside her. On the ever popular show “Sex in the City” Don is the sax soloist heard on the theme song.
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Saxophonist and music Teacher
From January 1989