Poogie Bell

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Poogie Bell
Birth name Charles Bell, jr
Born 1961
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin New York, United States
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, rhythm and blues, rock, funk
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1964–present
Associated acts Poogie Band
Website www.poogiebell.net

Poogie Bell (born Charles Bell jr. 1961, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz drummer, composer, band leader and producer. Bell is best known as a drummer, working extensively with bassists Marcus Miller and as a sideman for other artists such as Erykah Badu, Victor Bailey, David Bowie, Stanley Clarke, Randy Crawford, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Stanley Turrentine, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams and Victor Wooten.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Bell was born in 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Charles Bell, sr. and Alice Pittrell. His father was a jazz pianist, band leader for the Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet. As an infant, Bell regularly watched his father’s band rehearse. He made his concert debut with his father’s band at age two and a half, playing at Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh and in 1966 he performed with Pearl Bailey on the Mike Douglas Show.[2]

Bell moved to New York with his family, where his father took up a music professorship. In New York, Bell continued to be immersed in the world of music. His father regularly rehearsed at home with Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach and Mary Lou Williams, and the bassist Paul Chambers was a neighbor. While growing up in New York, Bell was friends with Omar Hakim, Weldon Irvine, Marcus Miller, Lenny White and Bernard Wright, all of whom went on to professional music careers of their own.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Bell has an extensive discography, primarily as a sideman.

Personal life[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Bell performed on Chaka Khan's 1992 album, The Woman I Am, which won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and on Marcus Miller's album, M2, which won the 2001 Best Contemporary Jazz Album.


Instruments and gear[edit]


  • 2004: Poogie Bell Band - Thinking Outside The Box
  • 2007: Poogie Bell Band - Get on the Kit
  • 2009: Poogie Bell Band - Poogie On Shuffle
  • 2010: Poogie Bell Band - My America
  • 2013: Poogie Bell Band- Suga Top

As a sideman[edit]


  1. ^ a b Castiglioni, Bernhard. "Top 500 Drummers - Poogie Bell". Drummer World. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Poogie Bell". Pittsburgh Music History. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Discography". Marcus Miller. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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