Elaine Dame

Air Date: 11-13-14

Elaine Dame sings – and people stop and listen. Since 1996, the woman Time Out Chicago calls “a jazz dynamo” and “a gem in the city’s vocal jazz scene” has been turning heads and capturing attention at the nation’s finest clubs and venues. From her recent appearance at The Rainbow Room in New York City to her monthly Sunday night residency at Lakeview’s Taverna 750 and her Wednesday-night residency at Macku Signature, to special performances for the University of Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center and even the Chicago Bulls, Elaine’s is a career spent at the heart of sophisticated, swinging, urban jazz.

A graduate of The Theater Repertory Program at California State Northridge, Elaine worked for years in Chicago’s theater scene before turning her whole focus to jazz. She’s a singer who understands the importance of stage presence. It’s no wonder Chicago Jazz Magazine wrote, “Ms.Dame has a winning stage presence and a chameleon-like vocal flexibility.”

Comes Love, Ms. Dame’s debut recording on the blujazz record label, was released to wide critical acclaim and international radio play. “Her joy in the act of singing is obvious throughout the entirety of Comes Love. Dame combines a freshness of approach with an unaffected fondness for the music she sings. The result is a clear-eyed approach to her material that remains accessible to a broad cross section of listeners, potentially enlarging the audience for jazz,” says Jazz Improv Magazine.

For the past eight years, in addition to her consistent work as a jazz singer, Ms. Dame has been a private jazz vocal instructor and was honored to have been a 2013 teaching artist at Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Summer Jazz Academy, where she taught scatting workshops.

Elaine will release her highly-anticipated sophomore CD "You’re My Thrill" on December 1st, 2014, with a CD release event at Chicago's famed Jazz Showcase on that date.

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