The sound of Poogie Bell's drums is what you hear on many of the world's finest jazz, funk, neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop records.
Performer, record producer, composer, and arranger, you've heard his work with artists including Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Victor Wooten, and Randy Crawford.
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 concert debut when he was two and half at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Hall 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 Ornette 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 Bobby Broom, Omar Hakim, Marcus Miller, Lenny White and Bernard Wright, Weldon Irvine all of whom supported and influenced each other musically.
Poogie's first "real" gig was with Tom Browne, Weldon Irvine 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 for the Force MD's, won him the ASCAP Writer's Award for Top 10 Singles in 1988. 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 Khan. 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,Victor Bailey,Bill Evans Soul Bop and Erykah Badu, among others.
Now Poogie is doing his own project with The Poogie Bell Band! The Bands First CD "Thinking Outside The Box" (2004), was really well received.
"Get On The Kit" was released in 2006 (2009 in the US) features guest artists such as Marcus Miller, Wah Wah Watson, Keith Aderson, Bobby Sparks, Dean Brown.
Poogies killer new album MY AMERICA - was released in Sept 2010 - featuring - DJ Logic - Bobby Sparks - Vincent Henry - "Patches" Stewart
Poogie Bell - MY AMERICA (Holographic Records) 2010
Poogie Bell Band – “Get On The Kit” released with bonus tracks (Holographic Records) 2009
Poogie Bell Band-Thinking Outside The Box(Yuji Sound Records)
Poogie appears on the following artists albums:
Victor Bailey-Bottoms Up
Alex Bugnon-As Promised
ACO-ACO (Japanese artist)
Keith Sweat-King of The New Jack Swing Era
Najee-Najee (self titled)
Angelique Kidjo-new album due out 2007 Chaka Khan-Chaka Robin S-Show Me Love Nelson Rangell-Turning Night Into Day David Bowie-Black Tie World Christmas-w/Marcus Miller Phillippe Saisse- Masques Gato Barbieri-que pasa Sado Wantanabe-Good Time For Love Bob Baldwin-Rejoice Kirk Whalum-Cache Marcus Miller The Sun Don't Lie American Love Story-movie soundtrack Michael Davis-self titled Alex Bugnon-This Time Around Marcus Miller-Live and More Erykah Badu-Live Vinnie Vin-The Show Must Go On Noel Pointer-self titled Bobby Brooom-Clean Sweep Ronny Jordan-A Brighter Day Force MD's-Let Me Love You Karen Bernod-Some Otaness For U Marcus Miller-DVD-Live in Germany Alex Bugnon-Soul Purpose Alex Bugnon-self titled Marcus Miller-M2 Marcus Miller The Best of 89-93' Hav Plenty-movie soundtrack Boomerang-movie soundtrack Billy Porter-self titled Charles Fambrough-Upright Citizen Samantha Siva-Masquerade Samantha Siva-Identity Marcus Miller-Tales Hiram Bullock- Color Me Kindred and The Family Soul-Surrender to Love Marcus Miller-Live, The Ozell Tapes Vanessa Williams-The Best Of (Millenium Collection Dean Brown-Groove Warrior Khani Cole-Lifetime Marcus Miller-Silver Rain