Dennis Bell is a gold and platinum award-winning producer, arranger, songwriter, conductor and music educator. Graduate of the High School of Music & Art, NYU (BMus in Piano/Music Theory) and CUNY Queens College (MA in Composition).
Dennis has produced records by Doug E Fresh, Dave Valentin, New Voices of Freedom, U2, Lynette Washington 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, Alvin Ailey II, Juilliard New Dances 08, Perry Mansfield, River North Dance Chicago and U Cal at Irvine amongst others. His compositions for modern dance/ballet CD, "Musique Pour La Danse Moderne" was released on GuavaJamm Entertainment (www.guavajamm.net) in 2008. Dennis received a grant, in 2010, from the American Music Center (Live Music for Dance) to compose an original 20 minute piece for Sidra Bell Dance NY with String Quartet and Piano. The piece was entitled "Remembrance" and was debuted at The Baruch College Performing Arts Center in NYC in 2011.
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, Victor Jones, Alex Blake, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Lynette Washington and many others.
He 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 (www,cityslickerproductions.com), 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. At LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts he was teacher of Music Tech, Jazz Improvisation, Musicianship, Jazz Chorus and Mixed Choirs. Dennis was recently chosen as ArtsWestchester's 2012 prestigious musical artist of the year award. He is a Yamaha Essential Artist, Recording and Performing on Yamaha Instruments and Systems. Dennis is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music & Music technology at Mercy College in Westchester County.