Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: New York
Band: The Poogie Bell Band
Genres: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



As the child of a jazz musician and professor of music, Poogie Bell didn't look far for inspiration or opportunity. He first played the drums when he was just ten months old. Two-year-old Poogie performed for his first concert audience at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Hall with his father. By the time he turned five, Poogie Bell was a veteran of The Mike Douglas Show; he performed with Pearl Bailey. Poogie regularly watched Max Roach, Ornett Coleman, Marylou Williams, Paul Cambers, Ron Carter, and Richard Davis perform with his father in their living room.

Poogie Bell performed his first professional gig with Tom Brown, Weldon Irvine, and High Masakela. Then Poogie Bell toured with hip-hop innovator, Afrika Bambaata and the Soulsonic Force. He also toured withthe Force MD's, an original vocal group that combined R&B and hip-hop.

Poogie Bell also performed with 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, Keith Sweat, and Randy Crawford.

Regardless of with whom he performs, Poogie Bell brings his signature syncopated rhythms, ultra-tight grooves, and an infectious beat to the drum chair. Poogie stretches the boundaries of funk and soul with his powerful command of his drum set.

In 2003, Kevin Barefoot introduced Poogie Bell to jam music. Poogie then created The Poogie Bell Band, including Barefoot, Juan Vasquez, and Howie Alexander. Poogie's jam band is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Poogie performed his first concert.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1981 Clean Sweep Bobby Broom
1982 Don Blackman Don Blackman
1986 Good Time for Love Sadao Watanabe
1987 Secrets of Flying Johnny Kemp
1987 Touch and Go Force M.D.'s
1989 Bottom's Up Victor Bailey
1989 Love Season Alex Bugnon
1990 Nelson Rangell Nelson Rangell
1990 Rejoice Bob Baldwin
1991 Show Must Go On Vinnie Vin
1992 Just an Illusion Najee
1992 Woman I Am Chaka Khan
1993 Black Tie White Noise David Bowie
1993 CachÈ Kirk Whalum
1993 Little More Magic Teddy Pendergrass
1993 Never Lose Your Heart Noel Pointer
1993 Show Me Love Robin S.
1993 Sun Don't Lie Marcus Miller
1993 This Time Around Alex Bugnon
1994 Midnight Crossing Michael Davis
1994 Tales Marcus Miller
1995 Masques Philippe Saisse
1996 World Christmas Various Artists
1997 Live Erykah Badu
1997 Que Pasa Gato Barbieri
1997 Smooth Jazz Slow Jams Various Artists
1997 Turning Night into Day Nelson Rangell
1997 Tyrone Erykah Badu
1997 Untitled Billy Porter
1997 Upright Citizen Charles Fambrough
1998 Feels Like Sunday Morning: Smooth Jazz Various Artists
1998 Hav Plenty Original Soundtrack
1998 Live & More Marcus Miller
1999 American Love Story Various Artists
1999 Brighter Day Ronny Jordan
2000 Best of Marcus Miller Marcus Miller
2000 Identity Samantha Siva
2000 Some Othaness for U Karen Bernod
2001 Color Me Hiram Bullock
2001 Let Me Love You: The Greatest Hits Force M.D's
2001 M≤ Marcus Miller
2001 Soul Purpose Alex Bugnon
2002 Best of Kirk Whalum Kirk Whalum
2002 Masquerade Samantha Siva
2002 Upright Citizen Charles Fambrough
2003 Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg Marcus Miller
2003 Surrender to Love Kindred the Family Soul
2004 Outrun the Sky Lalah Hathaway
2005 Blow Patches Stewart
2005 Everlasting Love Vanessa Williams
2005 Little Things Toby Lightman
2005 Real Love Toby Lightman
2005 Silver Rain Marcus Miller
2006 Lifetime Khani Cole
2007 Djin Djin Angelique Kidjo
2007 Free Marcus Miller
2007 Ultimate Alex Bugnon Alex Bugnon
2008 Marcus Marcus Miller


  • In 1998 Poogie received the ASCAP Writerís Award for Top 10 Singles for "Touch and Go," a song he wrote for the Force MDís.
  • In 2007, Poogie received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary World Music Album for his performance on Angelique Kidjoís album Djin Djin.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Yamaha

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