Poogie Bell Band
Dark & Happy
Poogie Bell is a world renowned drummer, composer, arranger, and record producer. He has performed and recorded with Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Victor Wooten, Randy Crawford, and many more.
Poogie Appearing with Pearl Bailey he made his first television appearance on the Mike Douglas Show in 1966 at age five. Poogie’s family moved to New York City where his father became a music professor and continued to perform with his quartet. In New York Poogie got to know Max Roach and Ornette Coleman who jammed with his father in the Bell’s living room. Bassist Paul Chambers was a neighbor. Poogie began his professional career playing with Tom Brown, Weldon Irvine and then Hugh Masakela. He then toured with one of the creators of hip-hop, Afrika Bambaata and the Soulsonic Force. Working in traditional R&B Poogie toured with Freddie Jackson, Phyllis Hyman and Chaka Khan. In 1987 he worked with Force MDs, a Temptations-style vocal group who were the first to incorporate R&B and hip-hop. Poogie co-wrote & produced the title track of their hit CD “Touch and Go”. He has spent the next 25 years collaborating with some of Jazz, hip-hop’s and R&B’s heaviest hitters including Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke Keith Sweat, SWV, New Edition and Erykah Badu.