The sound of Poogie Bell's drums is what you hear on many of the world's finest jazz, neo-soul, R&B, POP and hip-hop records. Performer, record producer, composer, and arranger, you've heard his work with artists including Chaka Kahn, Marcus Miller, Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Stanley Turrentine, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Randy Crawford, Alex Bugnon, Victor Bailey,...and many many more.
Native of New York and a second generation musician he has been immersed in music since he was born. Taking cues from his father, a jazz musician and professor of music, Poogie has always had an inherent connection to music. As hard as it may be to believe, he started playing at the age of ten months old and made his debut when he was two and half on Pittsburgh's public T.V QED13 with his father. By the ripe old age of five he'd already appeared on The Mike Douglas Show with Pearl Bailey. As a kid it wasn't unusual for Poogie to see the likes of drummer Max Roach, saxophonist Ornett Coleman, pianist Marylou Williams, bassists, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Richard Davis in his living room jammin' with his father. Growing up he hung out with fellow musicians Omar Hakim, Marcus Miller, Lenny White , Bernard Wright, Bobby Broom, Weldon Irvine, Victor Bailey,Vincent Henry all of whom supported and influenced each other musically.
Poogie's first "real" gig was with Weldon Irvine, Tom Brown, Chaka Khan and Hugh Masakela. Then came a tour with one of the creators of what we know as hip-hop, Afrika Bambaata and the Soulsonic Force and then with the Force MD's, a Temptations-style vocal group who were the first to incorporate R&B and hip-hop. "Touch and Go", a song written by Poogie&Victor Bailey for the Force MD's, won them the ASCAP Urban Music Writer's Award for Top 10 Singles in 1987. From his hard work, Poogie was able to break into the traditional R&B world touring and recording with artists Freddie Jackson, Phyllis Hyman and Chaka Kahn.He came into the New Jack Swing era working with Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, SWV and New Edition. He continues to tour and record with Marcus Miller, Alex Bugnon, Victor Bailey and Erykah Badu, among others.
Now Poogie is doing his own thing with The Poogie Bell Band. The Poogie Bell Band consists of 5 members. They are, Juan Vasquez (guitar, vocals), Kevin Barefoot (bass), Howie Alexander (keyboards), and Ian Gordon (trumpet). Poogie Bell has performed and recorded with: Marcus Miller, Erykah Badu, Victor Bailey, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Stanley Turrentine, David Bowie, Kenny Garrett, Chaka Khan, Gato Barbieri, Woody Shaw, David Sanborn, Phyllis Hyman, Lalah Hathaway, Eve, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Bill Evans, Babyface, Luther Vandross, Shania Twain, Clay Aiken, Busta Rhymes, Sonny Fortune, Randy Crawford, Karen Bernod, Roberta Flack, Gerald Albright, Bobby Broom, Alex Bugnon, Hiram Bullock, Michael Davis, Kindred and The Family Soul, Charles Fambrough, Force M.D's, Ronny Jordan, Johnny Kemp, Najee, Keith Sweat, Teddy Pendergrass, Noel Pointer, Billy Porter, Nelson Rangell, Philippe Saisse, Samantha Siva, Sadao Watanabe, Kirk Whalum, Heather Headly, New Edition and George Howard.
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK POOGIE OUT ON JAIJAI JACKSONS (WOMAN OF JAZZ) RADIO SHOW ON www.xradio.biz/lasvegas@ 8pm Nov.1,2005. THEY WILL TALK ABOUT HIS CURRENT CD THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX AND HOW HIS BAND CAME TOO BE AND JAIJAI GET'S POOGIE TOO GIVE US A SNEAK PEEK AT HIS NEW CD GET ON THE KIT WHICH HAS A HOST OF GREAT MUSICIANS LIKE MARCUS MILLER ROY HARDGROVE MACEO PARKER SO MAKE SURE YOU CATCH JAIJAI AND POOGIE AT WWW.XRADIO.BIZ/LASVEGAS @8PM ON NOV.1,2005.....ITS GOING TOO BE VERY COOL!