Hanging on a thread
/Jah·zelle/ - /Doh·tell
Jahzel Dotel, is Dominican-American singer-songwriter from Miami, FL. Her most recent shows: Sony Music Alliance Distribution in Hollywood, FL, Toyota stage at Ruido Festival in Chicago, IL, the Gibson Showroom Beverly Hills, CA, as well as Soho Beach House Sessions, and POPLIFE PARTY at the prestigious Perez Art Museum where Solange Knowles herself did an art performance.
Jahzel Dotel, ukulele lover, started singing jazz in luxury hotels, lounges, and clubs all around Miami in 2010. She is currently recording her sophomore self-titled album with Latin Grammy nominated Songwriter/Producer/Artist, Marthin Chan of Afonico Sony / ATV Publishing. Marthin and her have created an alternative pop/soul sound with her unique vocals, think Sade/Selena, and electro beats and her ukulele. She released her first album in April of 2016, called LEFTOVERS.
Jahzel Dotel has left her mark at many different venues and special events including, Birdland in New York City, Ruido Festival in Chicago, Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills, El Tucan, Faena, Ball & Chain, The Filmore Theater in Miami, and other venues in Colombia, Bahamas, Spain and more.
Will Smith was spotted dining and giving an impromptu performance Thursday at the newly opened El Tucán Miami. Smith was joined by his biz partner, producer James Lassiter, and friend Violet Camacho. El Tucán’s emcee, Travis Benton, gave a not-so-subtle nod to Smith by saying he felt like a “Fresh Prince,” which made the actor smile.
Shortly after, the supper club’s jazz performer Jahzel Dotel got on stage quoting Smith’s homage to the Magic City, saying “Bienvenidos a Miami.” Smith smiled again, but it was only when Dotel mentioned she was thirsty that Smith stood up and brought a glass of water to the stage, revealing his identity to the packed crowd. Smith, we’re told, seemed fascinated by Dotel, who joined the Concussion actor’s table shortly after her performance.
"Dotel is a local natural talent, self-taught in both her vocal experience and musical tastes; dipping her toes deeply into Jazz at an early age. With a well-chiseled soprano as her sharpest tool, she blends the sounds from an eclectic collection of inspirations like Ella Fitzgerald, Sade, and Norah Jones with the modern productions in her original music. Most of the music she creates is expanded from her Spanish poetry, drawing out the most profound phrases and developing lyrics as she goes along.
Jahzel is also a regular at hotspots like El Tucan and Tamarina, where she seduced the audiences’ attention with her tangible intensity and enigmatic stage presence. She attacks music the way she approaches her yoga practice, with balance and a collected inner strength that inspires all who witness it."
"A local empowering soul, Jahzel Dotel is half yoga guru, half self-expressing artiste (pronounced like a true global citizen, by the way). The local talent has Jazz pumping through her veins with every note she effortlessly masters, the genre itself is in her name. Not only is she a vision to behold, but her stage presence takes on a life of its own the moment she opens her mouth to encapsulate the vocals of royal songstresses like Norah Jones and India Arie, to name a few."
"If you’ve seen her perform at spots such as Ball & Chain and the Eden Roc Hotel, then you know there’s nothing this sultry jazz singer and Miami-bred yogi can’t do. Jahzel (pronounced Jazz-el) released her first album, Leftovers, in 2016, and her belting is a sexy blend of Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones, India.Arie, and Sade."
"As an up-and-coming Miami musician, she knows how important it is to support women on the same career path. She wants to dispel the misconception that women have to always be competitive with one another. “It makes it more light and fun as if we were a team,” Jahzel says. Her recent single, "Jitterbug," showcases her ukulele-playing and includes the lyric, “You give me the jitterbug.” Jahzel plans to release two more singles in upcoming months."
- Miami New Times, Amy Cisneros, August 2018, "These Latina Artists Will Spark Your Music Interests to the Next Level"
“The opportunity to be the curating artist for Toyota Música at Ruido Fest was incredible. I love to listen to different artists and genres of music not just as a music lover but also because I enjoy discovering new talent. To be able to help people discover new music and artists looking to pave their way brings me a lot of satisfaction and I applaud Toyota for championing the project."
Wisin from Wisin y Yandel commenting on his involvement in the hand selection of talent for Ruido Festival in Chicago, after he selected Jahzel Dotel as one of the artists representing alternative latinos.