Jo Belle Yonely
Jo Belle Yonely is a jazz vocalist, music educator, jingle singer/voiceover artist, songwriter, producer, and painter. As head of the vocal jazz department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for nine years, she has taught students from all over the world. She has recorded and produced eight CDs of her own and appears on numerous projects of other musicians from big band to rock. As a first-call jingle singer and voiceover artist, Yonely has recorded over 5,000 commercials for TV and radio, and has performed narrations for Lifetime Channel and HBO.
Born into a show business family, Yonely has always been around music. Her father was “The Great Yonely” international music humorist, and her mother, Sarah, a singer. Starting in groups at age 12, and continuing through college, she has sung in every style. She has received recognition as a leader of her own groups and in her work with notable jazz musicians. Her exploration into standards, original music, and classic jazz have teamed her with such established veterans as Ira Sullivan, Von Freeman, Johnny Frigo, Jo La Barbera, and George Cables, as well as with musicians of her generation, Howard Levy, Russ Kassoff, Dave Finch, Walt Weiskopf, and many more.
Yonely performs at jazz festivals, night clubs, and concerts throughout the United States. She worked with Lionel Hampton’s sextet for President George H.W. Bush, and is a founding member of Chizil, a seven-piece Brazilian jazz group. Lately she has been writing and recording original songs and lyrics.