Sat Jul 29
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell is one of Washington, D.C.’s first ladies of jazz. Following her highly praised first album Stronger than Ever (2018), she released Sack Full of Dreams to high praise in May 2021. Working with pianist Vince Evans, she headlined dates with big bands and smaller ensembles, enjoying numerous sellouts and standing ovations as she stoked the fires of the D.C. jazz scene.
The stunning songstress appeared on festival, concert and club stages, garnering a wide following in Mid-Atlantic before earning an international audience through her recordings and live appearances. Although each passing year takes her to more distant points in the U.S. and abroad, she is always excited to return to the Blues Alley stage.
Jazz fans can expect a deeply satisfying performance from her and an A-List band led by Evans. The singer’s influences include Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn and Phyllis Hyman. Known for memorable takes of jazz, blues and R&B songs popularized by artists such as Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross, Mitchell-Bell is a fine interpreter of songs from Broadway repertoire. For two nights in July, her repertoire will also acknowledge the anniversary of the lunar landing made in July of 1969. Celebrate this heroic American accomplishment with songs like “How High the Moon” and “Meet Me on the Moon.” The latter track appears on her 2021 album, Sack Full of Dreams.”
Originally from Fayetteville, N.C., Hazel Mitchell-Bell came from a musical family. Her mother sang professionally (gospel, jazz and R&B) and siblings appeared on “Showtime at the Apollo.” She shared their singing ability but didn’t initially choose a music career. She was educated in Washington, D.C. Public Schools and studies at University of Maryland and USDA Graduate School led to an award-winning career in Federal Government. She also enjoyed a successful modeling career and devoted herself to the needs of children and family before pursuing a full- time career in music. The singer’s audience has since grown by leaps and bounds attracting jazz fans worldwide. In fall of 2023, she embarks on her first South American tour, returning just in time to headline the Annapolis Jazz & Roots Festival.