Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell has become one of Washington, D.C.’s first ladies of jazz. With highly praised first album, Stronger than Ever, under her belt, and another set for release in 2020, she appears on festival, concert and club stages, enjoying one sellout after another. Working closely with pianist and Music Director Vince Evans, she performs in a big band and smaller ensembles, stoking the fires of the D.C. jazz scene.
The two have worked together since being introduced in 2016. In 2018 they released the CD Stronger Than Ever, which includes standards from the Great American Songbook and R&B hits backed by an 11-piece orchestra. The indie album enjoyed 12 weeks on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Jazz Chart, peaking at #12 overall. Robert Rusch of Cadence Magazine calls her voice: “fresh and compelling and gripping.” Paul Wilson of Audiophile says Mitchell-Bell “holds her own with style and grace and the music flows along.” Writing for Making a Scene, Jim Hynes calls her “one of the most impressive vocalists to enter this incredibly competitive arena of jazz vocalists.”
Hazel Mitchell-Bell has performed in the District’s top jazz clubs and as well as the Kennedy Center, the Preservation Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and the Sheldon Cultural Center in St. Louis. With a 17-piece orchestra, she has performed to standing room only audiences at City Winery in Washington, D.C. and received a standing ovation from the seasoned and discerning jazz fans known to frequent the popular Westminster Jazz Night series. Read full biography.