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  • Dee Spencer (2001)

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    Dianthe “Dee” Spencer is a Professor of Music in the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University where she founded the jazz studies undergraduate degree program in 1990. She earned and Ed.D from the University of San Francisco; M.M. from Washington University in St. Louis; and a B.S. from Florida A&M University. Dee served on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

    Dee served on the governing boards of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the SF Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). She currently serves with the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the Community Music Center.

    She is past director of the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship Award combo for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA) and the GRAMMY All-Star National High School Jazz Combo. Dee currently directs the SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble. This ensemble competed at the Essentially Ellington Competition for Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2002 and 2003. She was musical director/conductor for the TheaterWorks production of RAISIN'.

    As a keyboardist, Dee has recorded with former Tower of Power vocalist Lenny Williams and Aretha Franklin’s favorite drummer Bernard “Pretty” Perdie. She was a featured performer at the Beijing, Cork, Tasmanian, and Dresden International Jazz Festivals. In various settings, Dee has performed with jazz greats Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, John Handy, Greg Osby, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Regina Carter and R&B sensation LEDISI. Dee’s debut CD, Vintage School was released in 2002.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Betty Carter Betty Carter and Ray Bryant Frenesi (Columbia)
    # 2 Clifford Brown More Study in Brown Swingin' (EmArcy)
    # 3 Nina Simone Live at the Village Gate Children, Go Where I Send You (Roulette)
    # 4 Antonio Carlos Jobim Compact Jazz Waters of March (Verve)
    # 5 Thelonious Monk Monk Alone Nice Work If You Can Get It (Columbia)
    # 6 Kenny Garrett Songbook Sing a Song of Song (Warner Bros)
    # 7 Django Reinhardt Nuages After You've Gone (Arkadia)
    # 8 The Dirty Dozen featuring Dizzy Gillespie Voodoo Oop Pop A Dah (Columbia)
    Book "Brazil"
    Luxury Item 20 cases of Far Niente Chardonnay (and a corkscrew)
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    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan