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Bell, Lori (Joy)

Bell, Lori (Joy), flutist and composer; b. Brooklyn, NY, 15 April 1958. She lived in New York for her first 10 years and has lived in San Diego California since then. Father's name is Norman Bell -- born in 1918 died 1997-- born in Tilden Ohio but lived in New York for 37 years where he was a professional jazz musician, trumpet, worked as a big band lead trumpet player with many big bands including Mel Lewis/Thad Jones, Tommy Ryan & Carmen McRae.  Mother's name is May Bell --- born in Brooklyn New York 1927 died 1989.  She played accordian.

Lori studied flute with Fredrick Baker at the Coady school of music in San Diego from1974-1978.  Studied flute with Damian Bursell -Hall 1978-1981.  Studied music theory at Mesa College with Robert Heninger 1975 -1978.  Study flute and imagery with Phil Cohen in Los Angeles beginning 1983 -ongoing.  She currently studies with flutist Judith Mendenhall in New York.
Over the past 15 years, Bell has had many performances in venues such as the Wadsworth Theater, Elario's and the Jazz Bakery. She performed with the ensemble Straight Ahead, during the 1997 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.

Her husband's name is German Berrellez---born December 2nd 1957.  He's a German music historian and musicologist in both classical and jazz.

Love Will Win (1983); Take Me To Brazil (1989); Interplay: Interplay (1998)

Interplay was nominated on the 1999 Grammy ballot in four categories, including Best Jazz Solo by Ms. Bell.

Contact information:
Lori Bell
e-mail loribell@nethere.com

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